Golf 2017 Season Preview

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Photo by Steve McLaughlin

2017 SEASON OUTLOOK

The Wesleyan University golf team will open its 2017-18 campaign this weekend with the two-day, Bill Detrick Invitational at the Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Conn. The following weekend, the Cardinals will compete at the Duke Nelson Invitational hosted by Middlebury, before wrapping up the month of September with the Williams Fall Invitational (9/23 – 9/24) and the NESCAC Championship Qualifier (9/30 – 10/1), which will also take place at the Indian Hill Country Club.

The team will be led by returning captain, and graduate student, Zach Lambros '17. He'll be tasked to provide veteran leadership for a second year in a row, on a team that consists of six seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and one freshman.

MEET THE TEAM

  • Lambros excelled as a senior last year, carding the lowest score by a Cardinal in all six of the team's tournaments. At the Duke Nelson Invite, Lambros shot a season-best 157 (79-78), and wrapped up the fall with a two-day 163 (84-79) at the NESCAC Qualifier. In the first event of the spring season, the California native posted his second lowest score of the year with a 161 (81-80) at Wesleyan's home course, Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. Lambros twice carded a 78 during the 2016-17 campaign – the lowest 18-hole round by a Cardinal all season.
  • Head Coach Jeff Gilarde, who enters his 14th season with the program and fourth as a solo head coach, also welcomes back seniors Emmet Daly and Brian Gerner – two top contributors from a year ago. Gerner posted the team's second lowest score in all six tournaments in 2016-17, and carded a season-best 161 (83-78) at the Duke Nelson. The day two 78 tied Lambros as the lowest 18-hole score by a Cardinal all year. Daly finished in Wesleyan's top-five on four occasions, and carded a season-low 178 (86-92) at the Williams Fall Invitational.
  • Rounding out the top performers from a year ago is sophomore Elliot Witdorchic, who had a great freshman campaign for the Cardinals. He posted the third lowest score on the team in three tournaments, and will be relied upon heavily this coming season.
  • Additionally, sophomore Saadia Naeem returns for a second year and will look to return to the NESCAC Women's Golf Championship.