Certainly the highlight of the weekend overall for the Pride was how Eadie, now in his 19th season as SC's head mentor, was presented with the McCullough Award as the "Coaches Honoree."
Earlier this month, Eadie's troops won the New England Collegiate Conference tournament, thus earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Tournament which this year will be held in Destin, Florida May 14-17, 2013. It is SC's second NECC team crown in the past five years.
The New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) has been in existence since 1934 and includes 47 member colleges and universities in New England and New York, and is considered to be the oldest and largest college golf tournament. It is unique in that Divisions I, II, and III compete together.
There was no overall champion declared as teams played on two different courses (Port and Starboard), so champions were crowned in each.
In Division III, UMass Dartmouth took home the crown with a team total of 312 to edge Husson by one stroke. Kevin Wheeler of Nichols parred the first playoff hole to earn Division III medalist honors.
For SC, top finisher was senior Kyle DiFranco (East Longmeadow, Mass.) who tied for 18th among individuals with a 78. That was six-over par.
As for the rest of he Pride, grad student Tom Sangeloty (Unionville, Conn.) and senior Tim Vollaro (Somers, Conn.) each totaled 81's (9-over), tying for 51st. Sophomore Adam Ziewacz (Simsbury, Conn.) had an 82, tying for 62nd place, and senior Ryne McEvoy (Accord, N.Y.) came in at 83, tying for 78th.
A total of 171 golfers competed.
Springfield College finished fifth among Division III schools with a 322 score (34-over par). Placing ahead of SC were UMass Dartmouth (312), Husson (313), Endicott (315), and Rhode Island College (316).
Some 35 teams finished overall. Top 10 team finishers (all divisions included) were UMass-Lowell and Saint Anselm (311), UMass Dartmouth (312), Husson (313), Endicott (315), Bryant and Rhode Island College (316), Providence College (317), Wagner (318), and Holy Cross (320).
The second 10 included Bentley (321), Springfield and AIC (322), Southern New Hampshire (327), Babson (328), Nichols and Franklin Pierce (329), Western New England (331), Salem State (332), and Assumption (333). The remaining teams included Johnson & Wales (336), University of New England (337), Niagara (338), Tufts, Wentworth, and Southern Maine (339), St. Michael's and Worcester State (341), Bates (344), Suffolk (345), Elms (349), Anna Maria (350), Wesleyan (351), St. Joseph's (Me.) (374), and MCLA (377).