This past weekend, the Providence College Golf team finished fifth overall at Dancing Rabbit, capping off what has been an incredible season for both the team and the NCCGA as a whole. After winning both their regional tournaments in stunning fashion, the Friars earned their well deserved national bid and a chance to make the #RoadtoRabbit down to Mississippi.
PC took their eight best golfers with them to Dancing Rabbit including Jamie Ferullo, Patrick O'Brien, Joe Dechirico, Mike Nowosadko, Mike Hanley, David Sweczul, Pat Hannon, and Mike Pierard. Out of the eight, Ferullo lead the team a 2+ over 74 after a chilly first day. As a whole, the team found themselves at 28+ over after the first round and alone in fifth place. They had a game plan and they stuck to it. Make some pars the first day so you are able to play more aggressive the next.
"We had put ourselves in a great spot" Ferrulo said. "Everyone battled hard and stuck to our game plan."
However, things did not go exactly as planned. Due to inclement weather, the tournament was cut short after one day, leaving the Friars with an empty feeling.
Why was the tournament cut short?
"To have only one day to show everyone what your team is capable of is unfortunate" Ferrulo said speaking on behalf of his team. "We really thought we could make some noise in day two."
With only one day of play and a 13 shot defecit to the leading Clemson Tigers, the Friars flew home with a fifth place finish. Not only did they place well as a team, but five golfers found themselves in the top 50 on the player leaderboard. Jamie Ferullo finish tied for 10th. Clemson's Corey Stamper was the medalist of the shortened tournament with a 5- under 67.
Sure PC was a little disappointed because they did not finish in first place at nationals. However, like all good college golf teams, they have a short memory and are already looking toward the spring season.
"This winter will be a nice break" said Sophomore David Sweczul. "We will keep swinging over the break and then head down to Florida to kick off the spring...weather permitting."
**Tim Sullivan is an intern for Nextgengolf and covers the Providence College Club Golf Team. Conctact Tim on Twitter @Tsulls13