Men's Golf Competes At NCAA's

May 16, 2007

The Middlebury College men's golf team made its first NCAA Tournament appearance on May 15th and 16th. The Panthers earned the right by capturing the NESCAC Championship this past fall and earning an automatic bid to the tourney. The event took place at both the Hawthorns Golf & Country Club and the Prairie View Golf Club in Fishers and Carmel, Indiana.

Middlebury finished the NCAA Championship with a two-day total of 680, good for 32nd place. The Panthers opened with a 347 and then shaved 11 strokes off their score on the second day for a 336. Cuts were made after day two, with Middlebury falling below the line and ending their season.

On day one, Ashley Miller led the team with a 78, followed by Michael McCormick and Chad Bellmare, who both shot 88. Harrison Bane and George Baumann were next for the Panthers, both coming in with 90's.

McCormick took 10 strokes off his score on day two with a 78. Miller was next with an 84, followed by Baumann with an 86, while Bellmare and Bane both shot 88.

A total of 180 participants are competing at the 2007 championships. Twenty-four conferences were awarded automatic qualification for the championships. Eight teams were selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions, and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final three berths were reserved for Pool C, which are institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champion and any remaining Pool B teams.