GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Greg Kalagias (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) finished third out of 54 golfers to highlight a strong showing by the University of Southern Maine Huskies' golf team at its own USM Fall Classic this weekend in tough weather conditions. The opening round of the tournament was shortened to nine holes due to rain, while today's conditions were challenging with 30-mile per hour gusts on course.
Southern Maine placed second out of 10 teams with a score of 459 (150-309). Husson University, which led after day one of the tourney, remained in the top spot on day two totaling a score of 449 (145-304). University of New England moved up from sixth to third place with a strong second-day performance to score a 474 (160-314).
Kalagias participated as one of five individual golfers for Southern Maine, after turning in an opening round 38, Kalagias fired a 73 on the second day for a score of 111 – six strokes off of the individual medalist Mackenzie Clow of Husson University. Clow was in fourth place with a 36 after round one and then shot an outstanding 69 on day two to total a 105. Senior Alex Carroll (Searsport, Maine/Searsport) was part of the Huskies' scoring five and placed fourth overall with a score of 114 (35-79).
Seniors Tom Murray (Bangor, Maine) and Shawn Francoeur (Windham, Maine), junior Grayson Waterman (Berwick, Maine/Noble) and sophomore Shawn McKinnon (Rocky Hill, Conn.) rounded out the Huskies scoring team. Murray tied for seventh place with a 116 (39-77), while Francoeur posted a 116 (37-79) to also tie for seventh. After being in the bottom of the field through round one, Waterman bounced back to tie for 18th, scoring a 118 (44-78), while McKinnon finished 45th with a 128 (39-89).
Southern Maine will host the 2016 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship this weekend. The two-day championship tournament begins on Saturday and will be hosted at the Gorham Country Club.