NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Heads to Trinity

NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Heads to Trinity

HADLEY, Mass. – The 2018 NESCAC Men’s Golf Championship will be held on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Conn. Amherst, Trinity, Tufts and Williams will vie for the conference crown during the two-day, 36-hole tournament. Teams will tee off at 11 a.m. on both days.

Trinity earned the right to host the NESCAC Championship after winning the fall qualifier by 20 strokes. The Bantams are hosting the championship rounds for the first time since 2013 and third time overall. Williams posted a team score of 602, followed by Tufts (617) and Amherst (621) to round out the team qualifiers.

In addition to the four qualifying teams, the top four individual scores outside of the qualifying teams are eligible to compete in the NESCAC Championship this season. Three of the four individuals, including Hamilton senior Joe Tigani (Hockessin, Del.), Middlebury sophomore Jeffrey Giguere (Providence, R.I.) and senior Bennett Doherty (Bedford, N.H.) will play in this year’s championship. Hamilton junior Jeremy Benjamin (Stamford, Conn.) also qualified for the championship, but is studying abroad during the spring semester. Tigani (75-72-147) and Giguere (76-71-147) tied for third on the individual leaderboard and Doherty posted rounds of 82-74 (156) to finish in a tie for 14th at the qualifier.

The Bantams, who are in the NESCAC Championship for the 11th consecutive year, were led by senior Kole Kelly (Belmont, Mass.) and junior Will Rosenfield (Baltimore, Md.) at the qualifier. Kelly fired a 68 on the second day of the qualifier to earn medalist honors with a two-day total of 143 (75-68). Rosenfield followed with 67 on day two, matching the lowest score of the tournament, and finished with a total of 144 (77-67). During the spring season, Trinity won the Westport Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by UMass Dartmouth. Rosenfield was the individual runner-up following rounds of 72 and 75 to finish with a score of 147 to lead the Bantams. Sophomore Cameron Chottiner (Houston, Texas) added a fourth-place finish (83-74-150). The Bantams also won the Williams Spring Invitational in their final tournament before the NESCAC Championships. All six Trinity golfers finished among the top-10 individuals as the Bantams were nine strokes better than the field. Rosenfield led the team and was the runner-up for the second straight tournament with a score of 150 (76-74).  Senior Nate Choukas (Hanover, N.H.) (72-79) and Kelly (78-73) tied for fourth with scores of 151 each.

Williams, the defending NESCAC Champion, is making its 10th appearance in 11 years in the NESCAC Championship. Sophomores Will Kannegiser (Minot, Maine) and Sam Goldenring (Florham Park, N.J.) placed sixth and ninth, respectively, at the fall qualifier to lead the team. Kannegiser posted rounds of 72 and 76 to finish with a two-day total of 148, while Goldenring shot 77 and 74 for a score of 151. The Ephs started the spring season finishing third in the Scarlet Cup at the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Tournament in North Carolina. Goldenring led the Ephs, shooting rounds of 73 and 70 to finish at 143 and was the runner-up in the Scarlet Cup standings. Williams finished seventh at the NYU Invitational. Goldenring was once again the leader of the Ephs posting rounds of 78 and 79 for a combined total of 157 to finish tied for 14th. At their own spring invitational at Taconic Golf Club, the Ephs finished third. Kannegiser paced the team with rounds of 70 and 81 for a two-day total of 151 and tied for fourth place overall.

Seniors Taylor Nordan (San Diego, Calif.) (71) and Aaron Corn (Brookline, Mass.) (75), along with first-year Harry Theodore (Arlington, Mass.) (78) and junior Justin Feldman (Longmeadow, Mass.) (79) all posted rounds under 80 on the final day of the qualifier to lead Tufts to a third-place finish and qualify for the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history. Corn was the top golfer for Tufts overall, finishing the qualifier in 12th place (78-75-153). The Jumbos finished seventh at the UMass Dartmouth tournament to open the spring season. Sophomore Brandon Karr (West Bloomfield, Mich.) was Tufts’ top golfer, finishing fifth overall (73-78-151). The Jumbos used a strong Sunday round to improve their position by 15 strokes and jump up to sixth in the final team standings at the Wildcat Spring Invitational hosted by Johnson & Wales in the final tournament heading into the NESCAC Championship. Feldman led Tufts with rounds of 81 and 76 (157) to tie for 14th among the field.

Amherst is in the NESCAC Championship for the fourth time in the last five years. Sophomore Cameron Clark (Dallas, Texas) cut 24 strokes off his opening round score and fired a 67 on day two to tie for the lowest single round score of the fall qualifier. He finished with a two-day total of 150 (83-67) and placed eighth overall to lead the Mammoths. At the UMass Dartmouth tournament this spring, senior Sam Procter (Dover, Mass.) finished eighth with a score of 154 (81-73) as Amherst placed 12th out of 18 teams. In the second tournament of the spring, the Williams Spring Opener, sophomore Nicholas Kumamoto (Irvine, Calif.) led the Mammoths with an 85 and 76 for a combined mark of 161 to tie for 21st. Junior Jack Burlison (Salinas, Calif.) was one stroke behind, notching an 83 and 79 for a 162 total. The Mammoths sliced eight strokes off their day one team score and secured a fifth place finish in the team standings.

Results for the NESCAC Men’s Golf Championship will be available at the completion of each day at NESCAC.com.