The CCRI Knights coed golf team is competing at the Division III Golf Nationals at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, NY. The four-day Championship began Tuesday. Leading the way for the Knights was the Region XXI Medalist (Low score in Region tourney) Steven Letterle (Cranston, RI) who shot a team-low 73. The best score for a CCRI golfer in recent history at the Division III Golf National Championship. After the first day the Knights’ team is in 13th place out of 13 teams with a team score of 366. The leading team in the Championship is Cincinnati State Technical Community College (CSTCC) with a team-low score of 300. Individually leading the Championship is Matt Nickoson from CSTCC with a score of 71.
The player of the day for the Knights was Steven Letterle who shot an incredible 73 in the first round including a 38 on the front nine and 35 on the back nine. With his 73 Steven is in a five-way tie for third place. Letterle would have been tied for first with a 71 if not for a double-bogey on whole nine which played very tough on the first day. The ninth hole is a 424 foot par four that averaged a 4.84 per golfer on the day nearly one stroke above par. The hole seemed to be problematic for most golfers with 59% of the golfers shooting above par of that hole.
Letterle was followed by Co-Captain Gina Bartolotta (Wakefield, RI) who shot a first round 89 with a 44 on the front nine and 45 on the back nine to be tied for 66th place. Bartolotta was followed by Co-Captain Zach Sullivan (Cumberland, RI) who shot a 97 including a 50 on the front nine and 47 on the back nine. Rounding out the Knights’ golfers was Chris Lussier (Cranston, RI) shooting a 107 with a 49 on the front nine and 58 on the back nine. As a team the Knights shot a 366 and are in 13th place 19 strokes behind County College of Morris in 12th place.
The Knights have just teed off today for round two: 9:24 a.m.: Chris Lussier, 9:32 a.m.: Gina Bartolotta, 9:48 a.m.: Zach Sullivan, and 9:56 a.m.: Steven Letterle.
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