HADLEY, Mass. – Trinity College will host the 2017 NESCAC Men's Golf Fall Championship Qualifier at Indian Hill Country Club (par-72; 6,513 yards) in Newington, Conn. on September 30 and October 1. The Bantams are hosting the qualifier for the first time since 2010 and have qualified for the spring championship 10 times.
The first wave of golfers will tee off at 10:30 a.m. on each day of the tournament. The top four teams will advance to the 2018 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship, with the winner of the qualifier serving as the host. Additionally, the top four individual golfers outside of the top four qualifying teams will be eligible to play in the spring championship event.
After failing to qualify for the 2016 NESCAC Championship, Williams bounced back to win the 2016 qualifier by virtue of a tiebreaker and earned the right to host the 2017 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship. Sophomore Will Kannegieser led the Williams charge last spring, garnering medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 145. The Ephs captured their first league title since 2013 on its home course of Taconic Golf Club.
Williams then advanced to the NCAA Tournament , where they became the first NESCAC team to make the two-day cut and ended up 16th in the 42-team field, notching their highest finish since 1999 when the Ephs finished 10th and hosted the NCAA Tournament at the Taconic Golf Club.
The Ephs opened the 2017 fall season by winning the Middlebury Fall Classic then posted the second-best NESCAC team score behind Trinity at the Duke Nelson Invitational, finishing fourth overall, and earned runner-up honors at the Williams Invitational last weekend. Kannegieser and classmate Sam Goldenring tied for first with matching scores of 71 to lead Williams at the Middlebury Fall Classic match-play event in Lake Placid, N.Y. Senior Grant Raffel was the Ephs' low man at the Duke Nelson Invitational at Middlebury with a two-day score of 143. He also posted a score of 143 to finish as runner-up at the Williams Invitational to pace the Ephs.
"I think our team is starting to peak at just the right time," noted Eph head coach Josh Hillman. "We have played some nice golf, but we still have more in us. We are working on all the right things and I expect to be ready for the tournament this weekend. The nice thing about this team is everyone can post two good rounds," Hillman added. "There are no week links in our team. If we go out and play our game and get some putts to fall it will be a exciting weekend at Trinity."
"One thing I have noticed about this team is how much they are enjoying the time they spend getting better and working towards our team goal," Hillman stated. "The really enjoy the process of improving and it is starting to show in their games!
2017 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier
at Indian Hill Country Club – Newington, Conn.
Day 1 – Saturday, September 30
10:30 a.m. – Wave 1 – Hamilton, Wesleyan, Colby
11:10 a.m. – Wave 2 – Amherst, Tufts, Trinity
11:50 a.m. – Wave 3 – Middlebury, Bowdoin, Bates, Williams
Day 2 – Sunday, October 1
10:30 a.m. – Wave 1 – Three teams with the highest cumulative score from Day 1
11:10 a.m. – Wave 2 – Next three teams with highest cumulative score from Day 1
11:50 a.m. – Wave 3 – Remaining four teams with highest cumulative score from Day 1