Senior Owen Rigg and the Blackbirds were picked fifth in the NEC
2/2/2010 4:45:50 PM
Brooklyn, N.Y. – The Long Island University men’s golf team was selected to finish fifth at the Northeast Conference Championship in a poll of the leagues coaches. Defending champion Sacred Heart was picked to take the conference crown with eight first-place votes.
LIU returns junior Rocky Co and senior Owen Rigg astheir top two players from a year ago. Co has finished in the top-12 in the NEC Championship each of the past two years including a tie for fifth place showing in 2008. Rigg has been a steady force for the Blackbirds over the past two seasons, improving upon his scoring average each year and posting an 18-hole average of 79 this fall.
Newcomers sophomore Segeun Choi, Ryan Lee and Josh Waters all contributed in the fall season and all showed the potential to contend in the NEC. Choi led the Blackbird rookies with a scoring average of 80.11 in the fall including rounds of 76 and 77 at the
UConn Connecticut Cup. Lee carded his best rounds of the fall at the St. Bonaventure Invitational with rounds of 81-80. Waters showed he can go low as evidenced by his final round 73 at the Rutgers Invitational.
Central Connecticut was pegged second with two first-place votes while Robert Morris and Monmouth rounded out the top four. Saint Francis (Pa.) was slotted in sixth followed by Fairleigh Dickinson, Mount St. Mary’s, Wagner and St. Francis (N.Y.)
Long Island opens the spring season by hosting the Lonnie Barton Invitational in Savannah, Ga. on March 8-9. The 2010 NEC Championships will be held at ChampionsGate Golf Club in ChampionsGate, FL from May 2-3. Team scores will be compiled by adding the team’s four lowest scores from each day. The top-10 finishers will be designated all-NEC performers.