Middlebury Wins NESCAC Golf Title
The Panthers, who have now won four of the last six conference crowns, managed to increase their single-stroke lead over Williams following day one by seven and finished with a two-day total of 626.
Williams, which had earned the right to host the spring championship round on its home course following a first place finish at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier last October, came in second with a score of 634. Trinity, the 2010 NESCAC champions, was third with 645, while Hamilton placed fourth with a total of 656.
A bright and sunny Sunday at Taconic proved to be very challenging for the 20 individual competitors, as high winds dominated play for much of the day. Middlebury, which had the day one low total of 309, saw its score balloon on day two to 317. Even still, the Panthers managed to best the field by seven strokes on Sunday.
William Prince of Middlebury earned medalist honors at the spring championship for the second year in a row. Tied for sixth after day one with a score of 78, Prince shaved four strokes off his total for an impressive 74 (+3) given the conditions on day two and carded a final score of 152 (+10). Prince's second round score was the lowest on Sunday and only one of four below 80.
Williams' Ross Bowen and Trinity's Alex Bermingham tied for second with two-day totals of 156 (+14). Greg Scott had the best total for Hamilton with a two-day total of 158 (T-6th, +16).
Middlebury receives 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.
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Williams Wins Golf Fall Qualifier; Ephs Will Host Spring Championship
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. – Williams finished first at the NESCAC Golf Championship Fall Qualifier, as the Ephs finished the two-day event with a total score of 586. The victory means that Williams has earned the right to host the championship round, which will take place on April 28-29, most likely at their home course of Taconic Golf Club. Freshman Jake Goldenring (Florham Park, N.J.) carded a 146 (+2) to lead the Ephs.
Individual medalist honors went to Trinity's Jack Palley (Pelham, Mass.). Palley turned in carbon-copy performances of 71 on both days to finish at -2 (141). Bantam freshman Nick Buenaventura (Weston, Mass.) was one stroke behind his teammate with a two-day score of 143.
Runner-up to the Ephs was Trinity. Trailing by eight strokes following day one, the Bantams shaved six strokes off that margin but could not come any closer, posting a score of 588.
Middlebury, the 2011 NESCAC Golf Champions, moved up from fourth after day one to third, posting a two-day total of 594. Hamilton jumped into fourth with a score of 600.
Trinity, Middlebury, and Hamilton will join Williams during the spring championship round for a shot at the 2012 conference crown. All four teams have won a NESCAC title previously.
Third after day one, Amherst slipped to fifth on day two with a score of 612. Colby finished sixth, carding a score of 623.
Bates and Tufts tied for seventh, as both posted final scores of 633. Bowdoin came in ninth (637), while Wesleyan was 10th (646).
Complete individual and team results will be posted when available.
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2012 NESCAC GOLF
Qualifier: Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2, 2011
at Lyman Orchards Golf Club, Middlefield, Conn.
Hosted by Wesleyan University
Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29, 2012
at Highest Finisher from Fall Qualifier