NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — George Washington junior Logan Lowe and Rhode Island sophomore Jason Short were selected as the Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Golfers of the Week, while Rhode Island freshman Chris Francoeur and Saint Joseph’s freshman Wills Montgomery were chosen as the league’s Co-Rookies of the Week. All four awards were announced Thursday.
Lowe captured his third collegiate victory in dramatic fashion on Tuesday at the famed Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Park, Washington, by firing a 4-under 67 in the final round to get to a playoff, where he birdied the first hole to claim victory. A Grass Valley, Calif., native, Lowe came into Tuesday's final round one shot off the lead at one-under par and turned in a flawless round, with 14 pars and four birdies, including one on his final hole of the day to get in the playoff. He defeated Tim Wilding of San Francisco in the playoff. Lowe, Widing and Felix Mory of CSU-Northridge (-2) were the only players to finish the tournament under par at a course that has hosted the U.S. Open and is well-known for its difficulty. Lowe totaled 208 (67-74-67) in the first three events.
Short helped lead Rhode Island to the team title at the Coca-Cola Invitational. He tied for first overall, finishing the 36 hole tournament two-under par (142). After carding a two-over 74 in the early round, he birdied six holes and eagled the par-4 12th to finish the second round in 68 strokes. His 68 matched his career-low and tied for the low individual round of the tournament. A Marlborough, Mass., product also led the field of 96 in par-5 scoring at -6. The Rams were in fourth place after the first round, so his second round score was key to the team victory as URI finished just two strokes ahead of second-place Lehigh.
Francoeur also helped lead Rhode Island to the team title at the Coca-Cola Invitational. The Amesbury, Mass., native tied for 22nd overall, finishing the 36 hole tournament six-over par (150). He shot a 74 in the morning round, and picked up two strokes the second time through, carding a 76 in the afternoon. Francoeur parred 23 of 36 holes and collected four birdies.
Montgomery led the Hawks to a ninth-place finish at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate. The rookie from Exton, Pa., paced SJU's five-man squad with score of 219 (72-72-75) to tie for 19th place in the 127-player field.