DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. - Monmouth University junior Ian Thimble fired a final round, two under-par 70, to finish as the individual runner-up at the 2012 Northeast Conference Men's Golf Championships on Sunday afternoon. Thimble, who inked a 220 over the 54 holes, carded his second-lowest round of the year on championship Sunday, to finish one shot behind the individual medalist, Leo Garcia of Sacred Heart (219), while registering his eleventh career top-five finish.
Thimble, who became the sixth Hawk to finish either first or second as an individual at the league championships, shot a 68 this fall and posted his sixth career round of 70 or better for the Blue and White on Sunday. Thimble joins Chris Lukas (2nd - 1985), Rick Wortman (2nd - 2001), and Anthony Campanile (1st - 2005, 2nd - 2008, 1st - 2009) as the only Hawks to finish in the top-two of the NEC Championships.
On Sunday, Thimble recorded the second-lowest round in the entire tournament (Bryant's Samuel Russell - 69), capitalizing on Garcia's final round 75, but fell a lone shot back, while finishing two strokes ahead of Kevin Ellison of Mount St. Mary's and Josh Waters of LIU Brooklyn (222).
"Ian went birdie, birdie the last two holes to miss winning medalist by just one shot," stated head coach Dennis Shea. "As a team, we were able to shoot the second lowest score of the third round and finished two shots out of fifth."
Shea added, "I am proud of the way these young men fought back today. There was no quit in their performance today and they walked away from the event knowing they can compete with the best."
Mount St. Mary's, which led wire-to-wire at the championships, had four individuals in the top-seven, and carded a three-day total of 900 (297-303-300) to best both LIU and Fairleigh Dickinson by 18 strokes, for its first title in program history. Defending champion Sacred Heart claimed fourth place with a 919, while Robert Morris (927) and CCSU (928) finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively, just in front of the Hawks (929).
Monmouth, which improved each day at the championships (318-309-302), finished two shots clear of Saint Francis (931), while Wagner (976) and St. Francis (1037) rouned out the tournament field.
Freshman Brady Goodling, who inked a 233 (+17), finished in a tie for 22nd place overall in his first championship appearance, while senior Daniel McCreesh carded a 237 (+21) to claim a tie for 33rd position. Sophomore Corey Carrick, who fired a 239 (+23), finished in 36th place, while junior Luke DeSimone finished 48th with a 251 (+35).
The top-10 finishers in this weekend's tournament earned a spot on the Conference's All-Tournament team for 2012. Also collecting an accolade was MSM head coach Kevin Farrell as he was selected the 2012 NEC Men's Golf Coach of the Year in a vote by his peers, his first-ever honor.
2012 NEC Mens' Golf Championships - Final Team Leaderboard
LPGA International (Legends Course)
Par 72 - 6919 yards
1. Mount St. Mary's 297-303-302=902 [+36]
t-2. LIU Brooklyn 314-304-300=918 [+54]
t-2. Fairleigh Dickinson 301-308-309=918 [+54]
4. Sacred Heart 309-300-310=919 [+55]
5. Robert Morris 309-312-306=927 [+63]
6. Central Conn. St. 314-304-310=928 [+64]
7. Monmouth 318-309-302=929 [+65]
8. Saint Francis 305-309-317=931 [+67]
9. Wagner 328-328-320=976 [+112]
10. St. Francis 345-343-349=1037 [+173]