URI’s Francoeur Named New England Golfer of Year

University of Rhode Island’s Chris Francoeur has been named the New England Golfer of the Year. 

As GolfNewsRI reported, Francoeur was previously named to the PING All-Northeast Region Team. 

“Chris was just dominant. Shooting 23-under par through five tournaments is unheard of. He finished third in the country in scoring and was 136th in the national GolfStat rankings, which is the lowest number in my tenure as head coach. His dedication academically, in the weight room, and at practice is as solid as I have ever seen,” said URI head coach Greg Burke. 

Francoeur led URI with an impressive 69.4 scoring average. 

He claimed individual medalist honors at the Alex Lagowitz Memorial and placed second at the Wildcat Fall Invitational. 

Francoeur had a pair of third-place finishes – at the Dartmouth Invitational and the Georgetown Intercollegiate.

URI’s Chris Francoeur PHOTO: URI Athletics

Gillis and Richards Honored 

While Francoeur got the big honor, his teammates Brandon Gillis and Bryson Richards were named to the Division I All-New England team. 

“I am very proud of these three guys. For the third time in the last four years, we have three All-New England selections, and for the third time in the last five years, the New England Golfer of the Year hails from URI. This is a true credit to the young men we have in this program and their dedication and commitment to success,” said Burke. 

Francoeur, Gillis and Richards were the only players on the team to compete in all five tournaments this past year, helping lead URI to three top-5 finishes, including the team title at Villanova’s Wildcat Fall Invitational.

Rhode Island was scheduled to kick off its spring slate at the Carpetbagger Classic (March 21-22) when the remainder of the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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