Newington, CT- Trinity College successfully defended their home course on their way to a victory in the 2017 NESCAC Fall Qualifying tournament. The win at the 6,513 yard par-72 Indian Hill Country Club means that an abbreviated field of NESCAC teams will be making the trip back to Connecticut for the NESCAC Championship in late April. The four team field will be rounded out by Williams, Tufts University, and Amherst College, with Middlebury and Hamilton falling just short. Two players from both Hamilton and Middlebury will represent their schools as individuals in the spring: Jeffrey Giguere and Bennett Doherty from Middlebury and Joe Tigani and Jeremy Benjamin from Hamilton.
Conditions could not have been more different from the cold and windy day that the players faced on Saturday. This created scoring opportunities that two Bantams in particular took advantage of. Will Rosenfield and Kole Kelly both fired sub-par rounds of 67 and 68 respectively to power Trinity to a team score of five-under par 283 for their second round. That score brought their weekend total to 582, a full 20 shots better than Williams.
The closest team battle of the weekend was for the remaining two spots in the four team fields behind Trinity and Williams. Tufts punched their ticket behind their number one player Taylor Nordan, who posted a 71 that included a 60 bomb for eagle on the par-5 ninth hole. Amherst's Cameron Clark tied Rosenfield for the lowest round of the weekend with a 67 of his own that gave them a four shot advantage over Hamilton.
Williams did put up the second best score of the second round at 298 that ultimately gave them 15 shots of separation from Tufts. Junior captain Jake Foehl led the Ephs with a 73, followed closely by sophomore Sam Goldenring at 74.
First-year Beau David struggled on the second day, posting an 81.
Williams will have plenty of time to draw up a game plan for the spring tournament over the winter, and will hopefully make strides in their strategy and execution in order to prepare to contend in April.