West Boyleston, Mass. - October 6, 2019 - The Springfield College golf team captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Golf Championship on Sunday following a second round where scores were significantly higher due to very windy conditions at Wachusett Country Club.
After opening the tournament with a 300 on Saturday, Springfield scored a 316 for a two-day score of 616 as they won the championship by six strokes. Westfield State finished second with a 622, including a 315 which was the best team score on Sunday. Salem State took third with a 631, while Elms (659), Worcester State (671), Dean (684), Mitchell (686), MCLA (739), and Eastern Nazarene rounded out the team scoring.
It's been an impressive run of success for the Pride, which won the New England Collegiate Conference Championship a season ago. For his efforts, head coach Joe Eadie was the unanimous choice for MASCAC Coach of the Year.
Both Corey Roya (Manchester, Conn.) and Mike Strong (Newington, Conn.) finished with a two-day score of 152, and were two of the three student-athletes to compete in a playoff for medalist honors. Strong, who entered the day in first place after a first-round score of 72, carded an 80 on Sunday, en route to his 152. The senior would grind out a pair of pars in the first two playoff holes en route to claiming MASCAC Golfer of the Year recognition.
On Sunday, Roya managed to eagle a pair of par 5's to shoot 76 for the second straight day as he finished the back nine just one-over par. He bogeyed the first hole of the playoff to finish third overall and garner all-conference honors.
Jake Raichle (Bethlehem, Pa.), who entered the final round in second place individually, had three birdies on the front side and went out in one-over par before eventually shooting an 80 on Sunday. The junior finished fourth overall to also earn all-conference accolades.
Matt Gazaille (Palmer, Mass.) also scored an 80 for the second-straight day as he carded three birdies on the day to post a 160, while first-year Aidan McBride (Ludlow, Mass.) posted an 82 to shot a 161 on the weekend.
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