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Letterle tied for third place at Golf Championship after first day!
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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