GORHAM, Maine – Worcester State University's junior golfer, Mike Jezierski (Thompson, Conn.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) individual champion on Sunday (Oct. 16) afternoon at GNAC Championships hosted by Southern Maine at the Gorham Country Club.
"Mike has been playing well all season and this week was just a continuation of that play," commented assistant coach Zach Camarra. "He played very solid the first day to get into contention and then came out and made a few more putts and stayed committed throughout the round to become the conference champion."
On the first day of play, Jezierski carded a 74 to take the 4th place spot. He then came back in day two and marked 72 strokes for the individual win with a total of 146 (+4) strokes on the par-71 course. With the win, he claimed medalist honors and GNAC Player of the Year honors.
"Myself, coach Gurski, and the team are extremely proud of him," added Camarra.
The team placed 4th out of nine schools competing, as St. Joseph's (Me.) captured the team title. Tied at second place were Rhode Island College and the host, the University of Southern Maine. Following the Lancers at the No. 4 slot was Johnson & Wales, UMass Dartmouth, Emmanuel, Suffolk, and Albertus Magnus.
The Lancers also saw a great performance this weekend from senior Steven Ferraro (Leicester, Mass.) who tied for second place on a 148 total. He carded a 75 on the first round, and cut back two strokes on the second with a 73, earning All-Conference honors.
Worcester State's Patrick Sharron (Boylston, Mass.) came in at tied for 32nd place with an 81 on the first round, and an 83 on the second. Kyle Puzzo (Ludlow, Mass.) followed with a 37th place finish, tallying a 169 (86-83) in the two rounds.
Eddie Peladeau (Douglas, Mass.) rounded up the scoring with a 171, improving upon his day one score and recording a 78 on Sunday's round.
The Lancers return to action next weekend when they travel to Cape Cod, Mass. for the NEIGA's.
2016 GNAC All-Conference Team
1. Mike Jezierski, Worcester State - 146
T2. Michael Caron, Saint Joseph's - 148
T2. Steven Ferraro, Worcester State - 148
T4. Cam Letourneau, Saint Joseph's - 150
T4. Adam Hachey, Saint Joseph's - 150
Player of the Year – Mike Jezierski, Worcester State
Rookie of the Year – Greg Kalaigas, Southern Maine
Final Team Standings
1. Saint Joseph's of Maine - 607
T2. Rhode Island Coll. - 610
T2. Southern Maine - 610
4. Worcester State - 622
5. Johnson & Wales - 629
6. UMass Dartmouth - 633
7. Emmanuel - 643
8. Suffolk - 646
9. Albertus Magnus - 706