Peacocks Seek Back-to-Back MAAC Men's Golf Titles and Fourth Crown in Five Seasons

Peacocks Seek Back-to-Back MAAC Men's Golf Titles and Fourth Crown in Five Seasons

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Disney's Magnolia Course, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22

 

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The defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men's Golf Champion Saint Peter's Peacocks heads back to Disney's Magnolia Course in Lake Buena Vista, FL seeking back-to-back conference titles and its fourth crown in five seasons. Saint Peter's has claimed the most MAAC titles since 2014 following the departure of former conference member Loyola MD, who had won six straight championships from 2008 to 2013. The MAAC Men's & Women's Golf Championships has been played on Disney's Magnolia Golf Course since 2015 and will return for the fourth consecutive year in 2018. The three round (54 hole) championship begins with round one on Friday, April 20. Round two takes place Saturday April 21, and the championship comes to an end with the final round being played and airing live on ESPN3 at 10:00 AM Sunday, April 22.

 

Back-to-Back

The Peacocks are seeking the programs second set of back-to-back titles after last completing the feat in 2014 and 2015. Junior, Mike Winter is also seeking to win back-to-back individual crowns after claiming the 2017 McLead Trophy (MVP) and Most Outstanding Performer award. Winter is looking to become only the second individual to ever do so in MAAC history, joining Michael Mulieri of Loyola MD who did it in 2008 and 2009. Winter can also become only the fourth individual in the league's history to win two individual titles in their career, joining Mulieri, Jason Cage of Loyola MD (1998 and 2001), and Dave Duffy of Army (1985 and 1987).

 

Recapping the 2017 Championship

The Peacocks came from behind on the final day of competition to win the 2017 championship. The team shot a tournament-best 295 (+7) in the final round, outscoring Siena by 10-strokes on day three, to take the crown with a final score of 910 (+46), three strokes ahead of the Saints. The Peacocks score of 313-302-295=910 was the second-best team finish ever behind the 2015 championship team which posted a score of 288-293-304=885.

 

Mike Winter also came from behind in the final round to claim the individual title. He entered Sunday's final round tied for third with a 149 (+5), trailing Siena teammates Jake Holt, 145 (+1) and Michael Christifulli, 146 (+2) and tied with Kevin Duncan of Fairfield University. Winter shot one under par in the final round for a 71 (-1), making one eagle, eight birdies, and seven even pars, to finish the day five strokes better than Holt 76 (+4), to surpass him. Winter ended the tournament shooting a tournament low 220 (+4), outlasting Holt by one stroke, 221 (+5). By winning the MAAC individual championship, Winter joined Dilio, the 2016 individual champion, as the only other Peacock to win individual titles. Winter's three-round score of 76-73-71=220 was the third best individual tournament by a Peacock only trailing Dilio's 2015 (216) and 2016 (212) finishes.

 

Head coach Nick Dilio became the second Saint Peter's head coach to ever win Coach of the Year honors, joining his former coach and three-time Coach of the Year winner Peter Falloon (2012, 2014, and 2015). Dilio became the first person in MAAC history to win both the McLeod Trophy as a player and the Coach of the Year trophy as a head coach.

 

Season Individual Crowns

Sophomore David Powers won the individual crown at the Wildcat Invitational in Malvern, PA at the White Manor Country Club on April 9 and 10. Powers shot a one under par on the final day of the invitational for a final score of 68+70=138 (-4) over the two-day tournament, edging Wagner's A.J. Skinner by two strokes. Powers' final round produced an eagle on hole 17 and a birdie on hole five.

 

Freshman Jeffrey Peters won the individual title for the Saint Peter's University men's golf team in the George Hill Shootout on September 25 in the one round tournament. Peters was the only player in the field to shoot under par, recording a 66 (-4).

 

Golfer of the Week

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced that sophomore David Powers was named the MAAC Men's Golfer of the Week on April 11 after winning the individual title in the Wildcat Invitational at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, PA.

Powers led the field in the two-day tournament after shooting a 68+70=138 (-4), edging Wagner's A.J. Skinner by two strokes. After the first round, he led the field after posting a three under par coming by way of four birdies on the front nine, and one birdie with seven strokes on par on the back nine to close out day one. In the final round of the invitational, Powers shot one under par and he produced an eagle on hole 17 and a birdie on hole five.

 

Golfer of the Month

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced that freshman Jeffrey Peters was named the MAAC Golfer of the Month for the month of September.

Peter's was the individual team leader for the Peacocks in three out of four events, while finishing in second place in the fourth event during the month of September. He won the individual title in the George Hill Shootout, shooting a 66, (-4) and leading Saint Peter's to a second-place finish. Peters was the only golfer in the field to finish under par at the one round event. He shot birdies on six holes, making three on both the front and back nine. At both the Monmouth Quad and the Tiger Intercollegiate events, Peters led the Peacocks with the lowest team scores, while the Peacocks finished in fifth place and fourth place, in both tournaments respectively. At the Monmouth Quad, he finished tied for 10th, shooting a team best 74 (+3) and at the Tiger Intercollegiate, he finished tied for 12th, with a team-low of 76-77-72=225 (+9) in the three-round event. At the Ryan T. Lee Memorial, Peters helped lead the Peacocks to another fourth-place team finish, while shooting the second-best individual Peacock score of 72-77=149 (+5).

 

Top 5 or Better

The Peacocks have finished no worse than top five as a team in every tournament played this season. The squad has runner-up finishes in the George Hill Shootout, Checkmate Match Play Challenge, and Sacred Heart Men's Spring Challenge. The team also had finishes of: third at the Metropolitan Intercollegiate and Tip O'Neil Donegal Diaspora Golf Challenge in Ireland; fourth place finishes in the Tiger Intercollegiate, Ryan T. Lee Memorial, and Wildcat Invitational; and a fifth-place finish at the Monmouth Quad-Match.  

 

MAAC Preseason Poll

The defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Saint Peter's men's golf team was selected as the favorites to repeat in 2018 in the MAAC coaches' preseason poll. The Peacocks, who will be pursuing their fourth MAAC title in the last five seasons, received 72 total points with four first place votes.

 

Meet the Man in Charge

Nick Dilio enters his second year as men's golf head coach at Saint Peter's in 2017-18. In his first season at the helm of the Peacocks, Dilio guided Saint Peter's to a MAAC championship, a NCAA Regional appearance for the third time in the programs history, and he was named MAAC Coach of the Year. Dilio became the second Saint Peter's head coach to ever win Coach of the Year honors, joining his former coach and three-time Coach of the Year winner Peter Falloon (2012, 2014, and 2015). Dilio also became the first person in MAAC history to win both the McLeod Trophy (MVP) as a player and the Coach of the Year trophy as a head coach. Dilio finished his collegiate career with the Peacocks by claiming the 2016 MAAC individual title. In the process, he participated in NCAA Regional action for the third consecutive year making him a three-time NCAA qualifier. He also finished as the MAAC runner-up as a junior and registered four top-15 – and three top-10 – showings at the MAAC Championships. He also competed in the summer of 2016 at the prestigious Porter Cup, which ranks as one of the top amateur tournaments in the world. Through the years, the Porter Cup hosted many of the greats of the game, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love, David Duval, Ben Crenshaw, and Hal Sutton among others.