Palley, Buenaventura of Trinity Card Player, Rookie of the Year
HADLEY, Mass. – Trinity junior Jack Palley (Pelham, Mass.) and freshman teammate Nick Buenaventura (Weston, Mass.) received some of the conference’s top honors on Tuesday, as they were named the NESCAC Player and Rookie of the Year, respectively. The pair were a part of a Bantam squad that finished second at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier this past weekend at Lyman Orchards Golf Club.
Tied with two other players for second with a score of 71 following Saturday’s action, Palley put on a repeat performance on Sunday afternoon and posted another round of 71. The pair of showings put Palley at the top of the leader board Sunday evening with a two-under score of 142, an impressive 14 strokes lower than his 2010 qualifier performance (T-20th). Palley is the fifth Bantam in the past seven years to earn NESCAC Player of the Year, as he joins former Trinity linksmen George Boudria (2005), Reid Longley (2006, 2008), and Josh Grossman (2007).
Buenaventura came within one stroke of tying Palley at the two-day championship qualifier with a one-under 143, as he finished all alone in second place among the 50 golfers at the event. Tied for eighth with a score of 74 following Saturday’s round, Buenaventura shaved five strokes off his day one score and posted one of the lowest rounds on Sunday with a -3 of 69. In addition to taking individual honors, Buenaventura and Palley were named to the All-NESCAC First Team.
A total of nine players were honored on the All-Conference First Team, which is based on individual performance at the qualifier. Among the youthful group of nine, only Hamilton’s Greg Scott (New Haven, Vt.) received All-NESCAC in some fashion last year. A Second Team honoree in 2010, Scott moved up to the First Team in 2011 after he finished tied for fourth with a score of 146 (+2). The sophomore matched Trinity’s Buenaventura for the lowest round on Sunday at 69 (-3).
All five of Williams’ golfers garnered All-NESCAC recognition, with three individuals landing on the First Team. Leading the way for the Ephs were the sophomore tandem of Dylan Dethier (Williamstown, Mass.) and Matt McCarron (Portland, Ore.) along with freshman Jake Goldenring (Florham Park, N.J.). Goldenring came in first among his teammates as he tied Hamilton’s Scott for fourth with a two-over score of 146. Dethier and McCarron were one stroke behind their rookie teammate and finished in a four-way tie for sixth (147, +3). The three helped Williams build an eight stroke lead on Saturday that proved to be too much to overcome on Sunday, as the Ephs edged Trinity by two strokes for top honors. Williams will now host the spring championship round for the second time in three years on April 28-29, 2012.
Rounding out the All-NESCAC First Team were juniors Taggie Martin of Colby and William Prince of Middlebury, both hailing from New Canaan, Conn., and Amherst sophomore Nicholas Koh (Singapore). Martin and Prince joined the Williams duo of Dethier and McCarron in the four-way tie for sixth at 147 (+3). Martin had the lowest round of day one, firing a 69 (-3), while Prince earned All-NESCAC for the second time in his career after claiming Second Team honors in 2009. Koh had the top score for the Lord Jeffs, posting an even 144 over the two-day qualifier to finish third among the field.
Coach of the Year went to Rick Pohle of Williams. In the midst of his 29th season at the college, Pohle has helped a youthful Eph squad to a fantastic fall that includes top-three showings at the Bowdoin Invitational, the Duke Nelson, and the Williams Invitational along with winning the NESCAC Fall Qualifier this past weekend. The Ephs shot a stellar 290 on day one (+2) and came back on day two with another solid score of 296 to finish first. It is the fifth time that Pohle has received the conference’s coaching honor, as he was previously recognized in 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2009.
2011 NESCAC All-Conference Golf Teams
|Dylan Dethier||Williams||So.||Williamstown, Mass.|
||Williams||Fr.||Florham Park, N.J.
||Colby||Jr.||New Canaan, Conn.
|William Prince||Middlebury||Jr.||New Canaan, Conn.|
|Greg Scott||Hamilton||So.||New Haven, Vt.|
||Williams||So.||Pomfret Center, Conn.
||Wesleyan||Sr.||East Greenwich, R.I.
|Carter White||Hamilton||So.||Thorton, N.H.|
|NESCAC Player of the Year|
|NESCAC Rookie of the Year|
|NESCAC Coach of the Year|