EXCLUSIVE: URI Coach Burke Opens Up About Losing Chris Francoeur

The University of Rhode Island golf team lost one of the greatest players in program history on Sunday when Chris Francoeur announced he was transferring to the University of Louisville. 

Chris Francoeur PHOTO: URI

Francoeur is a fifth year senior with one year of eligibility left. 

In exclusive comments to GolfNewsRI, URI head golf coach Gregg Burke opened up about losing Francoeur and everything that went into his decision to transfer.

Burke Pays Tribute to Francoeur

“Chris is among the greatest players ever at URI along with Dana Quigley, P.H. Horgan (both All-Americans), Michael Sims, Jim Salinetti, Justin Thompson, Kenny Fahey, Billy Walthouse, and others.  ‘

His last spring and summer of eight tournament wins and four course records is incredible. The last semester he played for us (Fall 2020) he finished five tournaments with a 23-under score and was third in the country in scoring! 

I brought the idea of a fifth year at another school to Chris this past summer.  

I spoke with him and his parents at length about the options of turning pro, staying at URI, or  finding a place where he could play for a Top 20 team.  

Louisville fits in many ways and the coach is someone who has Chris’ best interest at heart. And where the golf world sees us losing a player who would go red for us every time he played, I feel I am losing a young man who has become a son to me.”

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