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Kim, Stafford with three birdies each on Day 1 at GreatHorse

Photo by: DSPics
Photo by: DSPics

QUECHEE, Vt. – The Bryant University men's golf team currently sits 12th out of 13 teams after Day 1 at the UConn Invitational at GreatHorse, held in Hampden, Mass.

Sophomore Nick Piersall (Avon, Conn.) led the Bulldogs with a 4-over 76, while junior Matthew Stafford (Suffield, Conn.) finished the day with a 5-over 77.

 GreatHorse Country Club (Hampden, Mass.)
Par 72 (7,093 yards)


  • Piersall finished with 15 pars in the first round, with bogeys on one and six and a double on 14 to finish his scoring.
  • Stafford tied for the team lead with three birdies, circling the Par-4 sixth and Par-4 17th, as well as the Par-5 14th. He also added seven pars on the afternoon.
  • Senior Jake Ratti (Hanover, Mass.) and sophomore Doug Champagne (Bow, N.H.) each finished with 6-over 78's to finish off the team scoring. Both added a pair of birdies, with Ratti birdieing the par-5 8th and 11th, and Champagne put birdies down on the first and fourth holes.
  • Junior Connor Henderson (Southborough, Mass.) was the fifth Bulldog competing under the team flag, scoring birdies on the fourth and 16th.
  • Classmate Payton Kim (Palatine, Ill.) equaled Stafford's total of three birdies, recording them on the first, fourth and eighth holes of the day.

1. UConn 294
2. Hartford 298
t3. Sacred Heart 301
t3. Lafayette 301
t5. Rider 302
t5. Colgate 302
t7. Lehigh 304
t7. Cornell 304
t9. Fairfield 305
t9. Saint Peter's 305
11. Siena 306
12. Bryant 309
13. LIU Brooklyn 312

t25. Nick Piersall 76
t39. Matthew Stafford 77
t48. Jake Ratti 78
t48. Doug Champagne 78
t59. Connor Henderson 79
t74. Ryan Brown 82
t80. Payton Kim 83
t82. Andrew Warfield 85

All eight Bulldogs go off the back nine to start in Round 2, with Henderson being the first one off at 8:30 a.m. and Brown finishing the Bryant tee times at 9:40 a.m.