JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Saint Peter's University men's golf team will open up the 2018 Spring Season at the Checkmate Challenge from March 30 to April 1. The tournament will take place at the Pines Course located at the Seaview Golf Club in Galloway, NJ.
"The guys are really excited to start the spring season this weekend," said head coach Nick Dillio. "It's been a long winter and everyone is looking forward to try to defend our MAAC Championship."
The Peacocks will play in an eight-team match play format. The field features conference school Iona and six non-conference schools, which include host Fairleigh Dickinson, Central Connecticut State, Colgate, Hartford and St. Francis Brooklyn.
The Peacocks tee off against St. Francis Brooklyn in the first round on Saturday at Hole 1. They will face either the winner/loser of Bucknell versus Fairleigh Dickinson in the second round.
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.