Dundas Wins Low Medalist Honor
SACO, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine's senior-laden golf team won its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship on Sunday holding off defending champion Johnson and Wales University to take the team title by eight strokes. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Saint Joseph's College (Me.) at the Biddeford-Saco CC.
By winning the GNAC championship, the Huskies will make their first trip to the NCAA Division III National Championships next May. The title is the Huskies first in the 13-year history of the event, and surpasses their previous best finish of second place in 2011 and 2012.
In the final round, the Huskies carded a four-man aggregate score of 299 for a two-day total of 596 and denied JWU a third straight GNAC title. The Wildcats had the best team score in the final round with a 294, but could not make up the 13-stroke deficit they faced starting the day, finishing at 604. Tournament host Saint Joseph's and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth tied for third at 633 in the eight-team field.
Southern Maine senior Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, B.C.) won the individual medalist honor after carding a 2-over par 73 on Sunday for a 36-hole score of 3-over 145. Dundas becomes just the second USM golfer to win the individual medalist honor joining Josh Hogan, the 2012 champion, on the winners list. Dundas was even par through the front nine with one birdie offsetting one bogey. A hiccup at 13 cost Dundas a double bogey, but he par the remaining five holes to take the individual title.
Senior Greg Kalagias (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) had the best round of the day for the Huskies posting a 1-over 72. Kalagias bounced back from an opening round 79 that had him tied for 14th place to move up nine places in the standings to fifth place. Kalagias had three birdies and four bogeys on his round, and played the back nine in 1-under par. Kalagias and Dundas both earned All-GNAC honors for finishing among the top five in the tournament.
The Huskies got a huge lift from senior Ryan Dee (Houlton, Maine) who turned in a 4-over par 75 in the final round. Dee was seven over through 12 holes, and to compound matters, broke his driver on the 12th hole. The senior responded by birdying three of the final six holes. Dee placed sixth in the final individual standings at 10-over 152.
Seniors Parker Sanderson (Bangor, Maine) and Kyle Morin (Lewiston, Maine) finished in a tie for seventh place at 11-over 153. After posting scores of 3-over par 74 in the opening round on Saturday, both came in with 8-over 79's on Sunday. For the two days, all five USM golfers posted scores in the 70's.
The Huskies have won their last seven events, and nine of 10, this season. The low medalist honor for Dundas was his third straight, and fourth overall, this season.
Southern Maine heads to Cape Cod next weekend (Sunday and Monday) to play in the NEIGA New England Championships at the Captain's Course in Brewster, Mass.