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Wesleyan Hosts Day 1 of NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Photo by Steve McLaughlin

-- Recap by Dom Vazquez '19 --

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. – After the first day of the 2018 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier at Lyman Orchards hosted by Wesleyan, Trinity holds a one-stroke lead over Hamilton. The Bantams shot a 291 on the course, with the Continentals carding a 292 followed closely by Middlebury (293), Williams (299), and Tufts (304).

Ten strokes behind Tufts are Amherst and Bowdoin who are tied for sixth place at 314. 

The Qualifier's individual leader after the first day is Trinity senior Will Rosenfield who carded a three-under-par for a 69 overall, followed closely by Hamilton freshman Milan Matneja and Middlebury senior Reid Buzby who both shot 71 and are tied for second. Matneja had the highlight of the day as he hit a hole-in-one on the seventh using a four iron.

Middlebury sophomore Jordan Bessalel currently sits in fourth, while Nick Brachina (Trinity), Jack Habeeb (Hamilton), Thomas Graham (Hamilton), Tom Dunleavy (Bowdoin) and Beau David (Williams) are tied for fifth place.

Action continues Sunday as the first wave of players tee off at 10:44 a.m. The top four teams at the end of the qualifying tournament will advance to the NESCAC Championship in the spring, to be held at the site of the qualifier winner. Additionally, the top four individual golfers outside of the qualifying teams will be eligible to play in the championship

DAY 1 TEAM STANDINGS- SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

  1. Trinity College                                   291
  2. Hamilton College                               292
  3. Middlebury College                            293
  4. Williams College                                299
  5. Tufts University                                 304
  6. Amherst College                                314
  7. Bowdoin College                                314
  8. Bates College                                    321
  9. Wesleyan University                           323
  10. Colby College                                    326