Release: Friday 10/22/2010
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The Iona College golf team recently completed its fall schedule by taking first in the Connecticut Cup in Ellington, CT. It was one of the many significant moments of the fall season for the Gaels. Sophomore Dylan Newman earned MAAC Golfer of the Month in September for the third in less than two seasons after securing Top 20 finishes in the squad's first three tournaments. Also this fall, the Gaels continued their tradition of playing with University College Dublin. The Ireland natives came over to New Rochelle this season and were treated to rounds on some of the state's premier golf courses, including Cherry Valley and Sleepy Hollow.

The Gaels opened at The Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, MI. The Gaels shot a team score of 310 in round two, finishing with a score of 635 (+59), good for a 15th place finish. Host Michigan State took the title with a score of 591. The Gaels' top finisher was Newman, who shot an even par 72 in round two to finish with a seven-over 151, good for a 16th place tie.

At the McLaughlin, the squad finished the two day tournament with a score of 869 (+29), tying for 13th with Loyola University Maryland. Newman tied with four other golfers for seventh with a three round score of 209 (-1).

The Gaels next picked up a third place finish at the Rehoboth Beach Fall Invitational. Cut down to 18 from the scheduled 36 holes due to weather, the Gaels carded a score of 299 (+15), 18 shots behind the tournament's winner the University of Maryland. Newman continued his hot fall by card a one-under 70 and for a share of second place with two other golfers.

On the momentum of three Top 20 finishers, the Gaels were able to jump from third to first on the final day of competition to take the victory at the Connecticut Cup. It was the first team victory for the Gaels since a first place finish at the Peacock Invitational in April 2009. Senior Jordan Lesansky picked up the best finish of his career with a third place tie. Lesansky shot a four-over 76 in the final round to finish with a total score of 221 (+5).

"Overall, I was very pleased with our performance for the fall," said head coach Matt Glovaski. "Despite a slow start, the team did a nice job rebounding and finished strong with a solid victory at the Connecticut Cup. We'll look to continue to work hard and improve during the off season and hit the ground running this spring."

Lesansky, Newman and sophomore Doug Hoppe discuss the fall in the video above.



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