Middlebury Holds One Stroke Lead At Golf Championship
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Defending NESCAC champion Middlebury College holds a one-stroke lead over host Williams following the first day of the NESCAC Golf Championship at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass.
The Panthers, winners of three of the last five conference titles, combined for a score of 309 (+25). The Ephs are second with a score of 310 (+26), while Trinity, last year's runner-up, is 11 strokes back in third with a score of 321 (+37). Hamilton rounds out the group with a day one total of 327 (+43).
Ross Bowen of Williams leads the field of 20 individuals with a day one score of 72 (+1). Bowen shot a 35 on the front nine before carding a 37 on the back nine. The Middlebury tandem of Eric Laorr (75, +4) and Rob Donahoe (76, +5) are not far behind and occupy second and third, respectively.
Trinity's Alex Bermingham leads the Bantams, as his 77 (+6) puts him in a two-way tie for fourth with the Ephs' Cody Semmelrock. Greg Scott paces Hamilton with a first round total of 78 (+7, T-6th).
The conditions made scoring difficult for the field, as temperatures ranged in the low 50's and winds gusted from 10-20 miles per hour all day.
Action resumes on Sunday morning at Taconic with the first wave teeing off at 11:00 a.m. The team with the lowest two-day total will be named NESCAC champion for 2012 and receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will be held on May 15-18 at the Mission Inn Resort & Club located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.