Mason Golf Ranked Third in Mid-Atlantic Fall Rankings

Posted: December 8, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason men’s golf team was ranked third by the Mid Atlantic Region Golf Committee in the standings released after the fall campaign. The last time the team was ranked in the top five was during the 1996 season, when it was also ranked third.

Mason ties for third place with Liberty University and is preceded by top-ranked University of Maryland and second-ranked George Washington University.

In Mason’s fall campaign, the team won two tournaments and placed second in another two. As a team, the Patriots averaged 73.8 strokes per round. In five tournaments this fall, senior Mike Kirby, a business and information technology major, averaged a career-best and Mason season record 70.7 strokes per round, including 69.3 stroke average in the final three tournaments alone. Junior Dan Hurley, a business management major, averaged 72.7 strokes on the season. Junior Nick DeSimone, undeclared major, finished the season averaging 74.3, and senior Mike Cavanaugh, a business major, finished with a 75.2 average.

Individual accolades have gone to Kirby, who won back-to-back tournaments: the JMU Invitational and the Frank Landrey Intercollegiate Invitational. He shot a career-best 61 on the final round of the 54-hole tournament, breaking the course record at Lakeview Country Club in Harrisonburg, Va.

Linda Gaudi, the team’s coach, was recently named Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region by the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Gaudi is in her eighth season with the Patriots.

Mason will open its spring season by competing in the El Diablo Intercollegiate Golf Tourney in March 2006.

Team rankings used to determine entrants into the NCAA Regional Tournaments are determined by a Regional Advisory Committee and are based on head-to-head competitions. The top four teams in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Committee rankings, of which George Mason is a member, get the Mid-Atlantic Region’s NCAA bids.

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