Golf All-Conference Teams Released

Golf All-Conference Teams Released

Middlebury Tandem of Cady, Donahoe Named Player, Rookie of the Year

HADLEY, Mass. – Middlebury senior Brian Cady (Rye, N.Y.) has been named the 2010 NESCAC Player of the Year, while freshman teammate Rob Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors, it was announced on Tuesday. The two linksmen were a part of an impressive Panther squad which won the NESCAC Fall Qualifier this past weekend at Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington, Conn., and with it the right to host the NESCAC Championship in the spring. Cady is the second Middlebury player to earn the conference’s top honor, after fellow Panther David Greiner claimed Player of the Year in 2000.

Sitting in a two-way tie for ninth with a three-over score of 74 following day one at Shuttle Meadow, Cady came out firing on day two with his lowest round of the fall, carding a tournament-low 68 (-3). The performance propelled him to the top of the leader board with an even-par 142 as Sunday drew to a close. It was the third tournament in a row in which Cady has paced the Panthers on the course, as he was the top finisher for his team at both the Duke Nelson (150, +8) and the Williams Invitational (150, +8). In addition to being named Player of the Year, Cady also received All-NESCAC recognition in his third consecutive conference event. Named to the First Team this fall, Cady was a member of the Second Team in 2007 and again in 2008.

Joining Cady on the All-Conference First Team from Middlebury was NESCAC Rookie of the Year Donahoe, as a representative of the Panthers earned the conference’s rookie honor for the second year in a row. Donahoe set the tone for the Panthers on Saturday, turning in the lowest round of the day - and second only to Cady on the weekend - with a two-under 69. Like Cady, Donahoe managed to finish the tournament with his best showing of the season to date, finishing in a two-way tie for third with a two-over 144. Middlebury went on to win the NESCAC Fall Qualifier with an impressive score of 585 and has earned the right to host the spring championship for the second time in three years.

Williams senior Robert Camp (Raleigh, N.C.) was the only holdover on this year’s First Team from last year’s squad. After posting a 75 on Saturday, the three-time All-NESCAC selection shaved five strokes off his day one performance and was one of only two players to card an under-par round on Sunday. Camp’s final score of 145 (+3) was his best showing ever at a NESCAC event, coming just one week after earning medalist honors at the Williams Invitational (143, +1).

Trinity senior Jay Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) added his second career All-NESCAC First Team honor following his performance at the Bantams’ home course. A 2008 member of the First Team, Driscoll was just one stroke off the lead after Saturday with a one-under 70. He turned in a two-over score of 73 on Sunday to finish in second overall among the 50-player field, one shot behind Middlebury’s Cady. Driscoll helped the defending NESCAC Champion Bantams ensure they would have a shot at the 2011 title in the spring, as Trinity placed fourth (609).

After earning All-Conference Second Team honors in his first two appearances at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier, Wesleyan junior Peter Taylor (East Greenwich, R.I.) moved up to the First Team this year. Taylor was in the mix for medalist following Saturday’s action, as he was tied with Trinity’s Driscoll for second. While Taylor came up short in his bid for first overall, he still managed his best finish ever at the qualifier and tied for third with Middlebury’s Donahoe (144, +2).

Amherst senior Trip Wray (Walpole, Mass.) completes the NESCAC All-Conference First Team. Wray tied with Williams’ Camp for fifth with a score of 145 (+3) to secure All-NESCAC accolades for the second time in his career (2007). Wray and company ended the weekend in third place, the Jeffs’ best showing at a fall NESCAC event since coming in second at the rain-shortened 2003 championship. 

Amherst head coach Jack Arena was chosen by his peers as the 2010 Coach of the Year. Now in his 18th season guiding the Lord Jeff golf team, Arena’s squad finished among the top four teams at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier for the first time since the championship format was altered in the 2007-08 season. Three of Amherst’s eight NESCAC titles have come during Arena’s tenure. It is the first time that Arena, a 1983 graduate of the college and the 2009 Coach of the Year in men’s ice hockey, has won the award.


2010 NESCAC All-Conference Golf Teams

First Team              
Year   Hometown
Brian Cady
Middlebury Sr. Rye, N.Y.
Robert Camp
Williams Sr. Raleigh, N.C.
Rob Donahoe
Middlebury Fr. Canton, Mass.
Jay Driscoll
Trinity Sr. Milton, Mass.
Peter Taylor Wesleyan Jr. East Greenwich, R.I.  
Trip Wray
Amherst Sr. Walpole, Mass.
Second Team Institution Year Hometown
Nate Belkin
Amherst Jr. Needham, Mass.
Jim Levins
Middlebury Sr. Rutland, Vt.
Drew Murray
Williams Sr. Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
John Schilling
Trinity Fr. New Canaan, Conn.
Greg Scott
Hamilton Fr. New Haven, Vt.
Jacob Wagner
Williams Sr. Wilmette, Ill.
NESCAC Player of the Year
Brian Cady
Middlebury Sr. Rye, N.Y.
NESCAC Rookie of the Year
Rob Donahoe
Middlebury Fr. Canton, Mass.
NESCAC Coach of the Year
Jack Arena