Cady Is Player Of The Year, Donahoe Is Rookie Of The Year

October 6, 2010

Middlebury senior Brian Cady (Rye, N.Y.) has been named the 2010 NESCAC Player of the Year, while freshman teammate Rob Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors, it was announced on Tuesday. The two linksmen were a part of an impressive Panther squad which won the NESCAC Fall Qualifier this past weekend at Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington, Conn., and with it the right to host the NESCAC Championship in the spring. Cady is the second Middlebury player to earn the conference's top honor, after fellow Panther David Greiner claimed Player of the Year in 2000.

Sitting in a two-way tie for ninth with a three-over score of 74 following day one at Shuttle Meadow, Cady came out firing on day two with his lowest round of the fall, carding a tournament-low 68 (-3). The performance propelled him to the top of the leader board with an even-par 142 as Sunday drew to a close. It was the third tournament in a row in which Cady has paced the Panthers on the course, as he was the top finisher for his team at both the Duke Nelson (150, +8) and the Williams Invitational (150, +8). In addition to being named Player of the Year, Cady also received All-NESCAC recognition in his third consecutive conference event. Named to the first-team this fall, Cady was a member of the second-team in 2007 and again in 2008.

Joining Cady on the All-Conference first-team from Middlebury was NESCAC Rookie of the Year Donahoe, as a representative of the Panthers earned the conference's rookie honor for the second year in a row. Donahoe set the tone for the Panthers on Saturday, turning in the lowest round of the day - and second only to Cady on the weekend - with a two-under 69. Like Cady, Donahoe managed to finish the tournament with his best showing of the season to date, finishing in a two-way tie for third with a two-over 144. Middlebury went on to win the NESCAC Fall Qualifier with an impressive score of 585 and has earned the right to host the spring championship for the second time in three years.

Earning second-team honors for the Panthers was senior Jim Levins (Rutland, Vt.). Levins was also a second-team honoree a year ago, earning first-team All-NESCAC honors as a rookie. Last weekend, Levins fired a 75 and a 73 for a 148 to finish in ninth place at the NESCAC Qualifier.