Men's Golf Headed To NCAA's
May 14, 2012
The Middlebury College men’s golf team will makes its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance from May 15-18 at the Mission Inn Resort, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. The Panthers earned the right after earning its fifth NESCAC Championship in seven years, capturing the title with an eight-shot win over Williams and a two-day total of 626.
Middlebury previously appeared in the NCAA Tournament in ’07, ’09 and ’11. In ’07, the Panthers opened with a 347 and then shaved 11 strokes off their score on the second day for a two-day total of 680. Cuts were made after day two, with Middlebury falling below the line and ending their season. Two years ago, the Panthers earned a similar fate, taking 27 strokes off their day one score to finish with a 631, missing the cut. Last spring, the Panthers shaved five strokes off their day one score to shoot a 299 on day two, missing the cut.
Representing the team at the NCAA’s will be junior William Prince (New Canaan, Conn.), a first-team All-American selection this past fall. Joining him are second-team honorees, sophomores Chris Atwood (Rochester, N.H.) and Rob Donahoe (Canton, Mass.). Also competing for the Panthers are sophomore Max Alley (Albany, N.Y.) and first-year player Eric Laorr (Eden Prarie, Minn.)
A total of 210 participants will compete at the championships. Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification for the championships. Three teams were selected from Pool B, which consists of independent schools, and schools that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final seven berths were reserved for Pool C, which are schools from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champion and any remaining Pool B teams.