JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Saint Peter's University men's golf team will compete overseas in the Tip O'Neill Donegal Diaspora Golf Challenge on October 21, at the Ballyliffin Golf Course in Donegal, Ireland. Practice rounds for the teams will begin on Friday at 9:30pm and the competition will start on Saturday at 11am.
"From a golf stand point, it is going to be very different," said head coach Nick Dilio. "Not only the weather but the course conditions are much different then what we normally play in."
The Peacocks will play one round of stroke play on Saturday with a tee time of 12:00pm. The Ballyliffin Golf Course features two championship links course and a 36-hole course. The field features four non-conference schools which are, University of Massachusetts, Worcester State, Magee University, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
All individuals participating will compete for the longest drive at the 9th hole and the closest to the pin at the 7th hole. Rules for the event are standard four players per team, Single Stableford and best three cards to count per team.
"No matter what happens on the golf course, I think it will be a great experience for all of us," added Dilio. "Not too many teams can say that they've gone to Ireland."
Last Time Out
The Saint Peter's men's golf team finished the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Invitational in third place with a final card of 305-297=602 (+42) defeating all other Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams in the field. Mike Winter led the Peacocks tying in eighth place, with a card of 74-73=147 (+7). Stanley Garrant followed Winter, shooting a 78-74=152 (+12). Michael Stewart carded a 79- 76=155 (+15) and Jose Cardona shot a 74-81=155 (+15), while Jeffrey Peters posted an 82-74=156 (+16).
Meet the Staff
Head Coach Nick Dilio is a three-time NCAA qualifier, claiming the 2016 MAAC individual title. In the process of his collegiate career, he participated in the NCAA Regional action three consecutive years. As a junior he was a MAAC Runner-up and registered four top-15-and three-top-10 showings at the MAAC Championships. Dilio also made an appearance in the Porter Cup which is one of the top amature tournaments in the world. In previous years the Porter Cup hosted golf legends Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Ben Crenshaw, and Hal Sutton.
Director for the Men's Golf team is previous head coach, Peter Falloon. During his time as the head coach, he led the Peacocks to two consecutive MAAC Championships in 2014 and 2015. Falloon led Saint Peters in the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional in 2014 and the NCAA New Haven Regional in 2015. Three out of four years Falloon was named MAAC Coach of the year. Falloon was part of the undefeated golf team in 1964 and was selected as student-athlete of the year in 1965. He is now a member of the Saint Peter's Athletic Hall of Fame.