Men's Golf Wins NESCAC Championship
April 29, 2012
The Middlebury men’s golf team successfully defended its status as the NESCAC Golf Champions on Sunday afternoon at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass. The Panthers, who have now won four of the last six conference crowns, managed to increase their single-stroke lead over Williams following day one by seven and finished with a two-day total of 626.
Williams, which had earned the right to host the spring championship round on its home course following a first place finish at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier last October, came in second with a score of 634. Trinity, the 2010 NESCAC champions, were third with 645, while Hamilton placed fourth with a total of 656.
A bright and sunny Sunday at Taconic proved to be very challenging for the 20 individual competitors, as high winds dominated play for much of the day. Middlebury, which had the day one low score of 309, saw its score balloon on day two to 317. Even still, the Panthers managed to best the field by seven strokes on Sunday.
William Prince of Middlebury earned medalist honors at the spring championship for the second year in a row. Tied for sixth after day one with a score of 78, Prince shaved four strokes off his total for an impressive 74 (+3) on day two given the conditions and carded a final score of 152 (+10). Prince's second round score was the lowest on Sunday and only one of four below 80.
Rob Donahoe finished the tournament tied for fourth place along with teammate Eric Laorr, who both shot 157. Chris Atwood ended the weekend in a 10th place tie with a pair of 80’s, while Max Alley was tied for 12th with a 164.
Middlebury receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will be held on May 15-18 at the Mission Inn Resort & Club located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.