All-NESCAC Golf Honors Announced - Beaney Is Coach Of The Year

September 30, 2008

Middlebury College men's golfers Jim Levins (Rutland, Vt.) and Michael McCormick (Oak Park, Ill.) have both earned first-team All-NESCAC honors based on their performances at the recent NESCAC Golf Qualifier held at Middlebury. Senior Harrison Bane (Marblehead, Mass.) and sophomore Brian Cady (Rye, N.Y.) were named to the second-team, while head coach Bill Beaney was named the conference's coach of the year.

Levins and McCormick earned All-NESCAC recognition for the first time in their careers. The tandem put on a repeat performance from the Duke Nelson Invitational at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course by finishing one stroke apart and leading the Panther team. The sophomore Levins placed third with a two-day total of 145 (+3), while the senior McCormick was fourth as he shot a 146 (+4). Middlebury won the championship qualifier by one stroke over Trinity to earn the right to host the spring championship on April 25-26, 2009.

Bane and Cady both earned second-team honors after holding a spot in the first-team a year ago. Bane, who is now a three-time All-NESCAC selection, shot a 153 at the recent qualifier, including a one-over-par 72 on day one. Cady had a pair of steady rounds for the Panthers, shooting a 76 and a 77 for a two-day total of 153.

Bill Beaney of Middlebury was chosen by his counterparts as the NESCAC Golf Coach of the Year, as the 14th-year head coach guided the Panthers to a first-place showing at the championship qualifier this past weekend. The win marked the second time in three years that Middlebury has won the fall NESCAC event after the Panthers captured the 2006 NESCAC title before the championship was moved to the spring in 2007-08. It is the first time that Beaney, who is also the men's ice hockey head coach at Middlebury, has won NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in either sport.