URI Holds Off Bryant to Win Carpetbagger Classic

The University of Rhode Island Golf team held off in-state rival Bryant University to win the Carpetbagger Classic on Sunday afternoon at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Maryland. 

This is the second straight year in which the Rams have won the Carpetbagger Classic. 

“It is always nice to get a win, especially when brutal conditions tend to bring more teams into the mix. We told the guys that this was about toughness, and they showed how tough they are,” said head coach Gregg Burke after the round. 

URI Wins PHOTO: URI Athletics

URI finished the tournament at nine-over par, while Bryant finished at 14-over par. 

Rhody’s 9-over all came in the final round. 

Including the fall season, this is the Rams second tournament victory of the year. 

Scoring HERE 

Leading Rhody 

As usual, the Rams were led by Brandon Gillis and Bryson Richards, who finished solo second and tie for third respectively. 

Gillis finished three-under for the week, and Richards finished at even par. 

Brandon Gillis got it so well and made some big shots. Bryson Richards absolutely pured it but his putter wasn’t what it has been. Both have a chance to win any tournament they play in,” said Burke. 

The Rams got a major contribution from freshman Aidan O’Donovan, who finished in a tie for 16th in his spring debut. 

Andrew DiPetrillo followed up a first round 80, with a second round 74. 

The 74 moved DiPetrillo up 14 spots on the leaderboard. 

“We came into the tournament as a two-man team in many ways, but Aidan O’Donovan showed he can be good for us and great when he eliminates a few mental mistakes. Andrew DiPetrillo played poorly in the first round, but I pulled him aside and simply said we need him in the final round if we were to win, and he came though big time,” added Burke. 

Leading Bryant

The Bulldogs were led by Jack Woods and Tyler Dupuis, who finished in a tie for seventh at two-over for the week. 

Woods posted rounds of 76 and 70, while Dupuis followed up with rounds of 74 and 72. 

Bryant also got a big contribution form Cael Kohan, who finished three over after a final round 75. 

Patrick Galleher finished in a tie for 31st after his final round 73 moved him up 20 spots on the leaderboard.  

Up Next for URI 

Rhode Island travels to the Cutter Creek Intercollegiate from March 31 through April 2.

The three-day tournament is hosted by Elon at the Cutter Creek Golf Club in North Carolina. 

Up Next for Bryant 

Bryant returns to action on Monday, April 3 for the Columbia Classic. 

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