LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Beginning this Friday, Apr. 21, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is hosting the 2017 Golf Championship at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course. After finishing fourth at last year’s championship event, Head Coach Sean Burke and the Gaels are ready to take the next step towards a league title.
Everything done throughout the fall and spring seasons has led to the final tournament of the season. Among the highlights of the 2016-17 season came back in October when the Maroon & Gold placed first at the Maryland Eastern Shore Collegiate Golf Challenge in Berlin, MD. The Gaels finished that tournament tallying 910 (+46), beating out second placed North Carolina Central by seven strokes.
Individually the Gaels had some significant performances, including senior Brian Fitzpatrick’s top 10 finish at the Lehigh University Invitational in late October. At the Colonial Golf Classic in early April, freshman Oisin Devereux finished tied for third.
Seeing growth amongst the team throughout the season, coach Burke is looking forward to seeing the climax of improvement reach its peak: “I'm excited for this weekend’s MAAC tournament. Our practices and final tune up events have us well prepared to play our best. We expect to be right in the mix with a shot to win come the back 9 on Sunday.”
Iona’s last MAAC title came in 2002, the heel end of a three-year stretch where it captured the trophy. Siena won the 2016 title, ending a two-year run by the Saint Peter’s Peacocks. The Gaels finished fourth at last year’s MAAC Championship and Matti earned MAAC Rookie of the Year honors shooting a 224 (+8) and tying for ninth on the individual leaderboard.
You can follow the tournament live on Golfstat.com and the final round on Sunday, Apr. 23 is being broadcasted lived on ESPN3.com.