SIMSBURY, Conn. – Junior Ryan Brown (Bedford, N.H.), sophomore Connor Henderson (Southborough, Mass.) and sophomore Matthew Stafford (Suffield, Conn.) posted top-15 scores to lead the Bryant men's golf team to a third-place finish at the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Collegiate Sunday.
Location: Hop Meadow Country Club (Simsbury, Conn.) | Par 72 (6,531 yards)
COACH BLANCHARD'S COMMENTS
"Ryan Brown led the way for us today with a two-over to finish at even par for the day in tough conditions. Two of our sophomores stepped up – Connor Henderson shot two over and Matthew Stafford finished at even par in the final round.
"It was a solid start to the season and we're looking forward to getting back out there next week at Hartford's event."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Bulldogs finished third in the 13-team field, 13 strokes back of team champion Fordham and two back of second-place Bentley.
- Brown finished third in the field of 75 golfers with an even par over two days. The junior shot a 74 Sunday and finished four back of individual champion James Mongey of Fordham.
- Henderson followed Saturday's 72 with a 74 to finish in a tie for ninth.
- Stafford was one of just eight golfers at even par or better Sunday, carding a 72 to finish tied for 15th. Graduate John Roberts (West Hartford, Conn.) also shot a 72 to jump to a tie for 21st in the final individual standings.
- Sophomore Payton Kim (Palatine, Ill.) improved by three strokes Sunday for a 75, while junior Jake Ratti (Hanover, Mass.) jumped six strokes and recorded a 78 on the final day.
1. Fordham 574 (284-290)
2. Bentley 585 (291-294)
3. Bryant 587 (295-292)
4. Saint Peter's 592 (292-300)
5. Monmouth 596 (301-295)
6. Central Connecticut 601 (304-297)
7. Holy Cross 611 (306-305)
8. Manhattan 613 (305-308)
9. Wagner 616 (310-306)
10. Laval 618 (304-314)
3. Brown 144 (70-74)
t9. Henderson 146 (72-74)
t15. Stafford 148 (76-72)
t21. Roberts 149 (77-72)
t40. Kim 153 (78-75)
t65. Ratti 164 (84-78)
The Bulldogs travel back to the Nutmeg State Sept. 18 and 19 for the Hartford Hawks Invitational at Bull's Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Connecticut.