Immediate Release: April 15, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Binghamton golf earned a big tournament victory on Sunday, shooting a final-round 292 to topple four-time defending champion Rhode Island and the rest of the 16-team field at the New England Championship, played at Triggs Memorial Golf Course. The Bearcats shot 288-292=580 to win their first-ever New England Championship. Rhode Island was second at 587, followed by Hartford (596), Yale (597) and Brown (598) in the top five.
Binghamton did it with a total team effort. Three players finished in the top 10 and all five men were among the top 20 in a field of 80.
Junior Jeff Wolniewicz (West Seneca, N.Y.) tied for first place after a final-round 73 (68-73=141). He and Rhode Island's Ben Spitz then engaged in a playoff for medalist honors, with Spitz winning the individual title with a birdie on the second extra-hole (No. 2). Both players birdied the first playoff hole (No. 1).
Sophomore Zach Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y.) tied for fifth place at 74-71=145. Junior Aaron Ungvarsky (Wilmington, Mass.) shot 73-73=146 to tie for eighth place. Senior Kevin Crawford (Lockport, N.Y.) and junior Matt Mattingly (Manlius, N.Y.) were in a tie for 17th place at 149. Crawford shot 74-75 and Mattingly shot 73-76.
Binghamton returns to Rhode Island for the Rams' Spring Invitational on April 29-30 in Portsmouth.
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