Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information
NEWINGTON, Conn. – Trinity finished 20 shots ahead of second place Williams after finishing five-under on day two of the NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier, which was held at Indian Hill Country Club on September 30 and October 1.
Trinity, which hosted the tournament and finished with a 36-hole team score of 582, claimed the top spot at the qualifier and earned the honor of hosting the 2018 NESCAC Golf Championship for the first time since 2013.
Williams, Tufts and Amherst will join Trinity at the championship in April. Williams' two-day team score was 602, Tufts followed with a score of 617 and Amherst rounded out the top four qualifiers with a team score of 621. Tufts qualifies for the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history while Amherst shot a second-day 299 to edge Hamilton for the last qualifying spot after finishing fifth after Saturday's round. Hamilton finished at 625, just four shots behind the Mammoths, for fifth-place.
The Bantams were led by senior Kole Kelly and junior Will Rosenfield, who finished first and second, respectively, in the 50-player field. Rosenfield's 67 was tied for Sunday's best score while Kelly finished just a stroke behind him at 68. Kelly's two-day 143 earned him individual medalist honors. Trinity led after the first round with a 299 and closed it out with a 288 on Sunday.
The Ephs were paced by sophomore Will Kannegieser, who finished sixth at 148, and classmate Sam Goldenring, who took ninth with a 151. Junior Jake Foehl shot a one-over 73 on Sunday to finish at 152, tied with senior Grant Raffel. Williams shot a 304 on Saturday coupled with a 298 on Sunday for a 602.
Tufts junior Taylor Nordan finished one-under on Sunday, firing a 71 to finish tied for 14th at 156 along with sophomore Justin Feldman. Jumbo junior Aaron Corn shot a 78 on Saturday and 75 on Sunday to lead Tufts with a 153. The Jumbos finished at 617 after turning in a 314 on Saturday and a 303 on Sunday.
Mammoth sophomore Cameron Clark tied for Sunday's best round with a 67. Clark's Sunday five-under gave him a team-best 150, good for an eighth-place finish. Amherst shot a 299 on Sunday after Saturday's 322, moving them from fifth-place to fourth.
Amherst was followed by Hamilton (321-304--625) in fifth place, Middlebury (324-307--631) in sixth place, Colby (340-322--662) in seventh, and Bates (336-328--664) in eighth. Bowdoin (345-336--681) was ninth and Wesleyan (360-348--708) finished 10th.
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 in April. The top four individuals were senior Joe Tigani and junior Jeremy Benjamin of Hamilton and sophomore Jeffrey Giguere and senior Bennett Doherty of Middlebury.
1.) Trinity - 299-283--582*
2.) Williams - 304-298--602*
3.) Tufts - 314-303--617*
4.) Amherst - 322-299--621*
5.) Hamilton - 321-304--625
6.) Middlebury - 324-307--631
7.) Colby - 340-322--662
8.) Bates - 336-328--664
9.) Bowdoin - 345-336--681
10.) Wesleyan - 360-348--708
* Qualified for the NESCAC Men's Golf Championship in April