The Middlebury men's golf team won the 2014 NESCAC Qualifier hosted by Hamilton at the Skenandoa Golf Club. The Panthers fought off a tough charge by the host school, winning the event with a 599 after a 302 on day two. Hamilton shot a 299 on day two to finish with a 600, followed by Trinity and Williams who tied for third, each shooting a 604.
For the fourth time in eight years, the Panthers have earned the honor of hosting the 2015 NESCAC Golf Championship on April 25-26. Hamilton, Trinity and Williams will join Middlebury at the championship next April.
Sophomore Fitz Bowen (Kenilworth, Ill.) (72-75) and senior Eric Laorr (Eden Prairie, Minn.) (74-73) were steady once again on day two, with the duo finishing in a tie for second place with 148s. Senior Charlie Garcia (Garden City, N.Y.) again shot a 76, tying for 11th place with a two-day total of 152. Just a stroke behind was senior John Louie (Soledad, Calif.), whose 153 (75-78) tied him for 15th place. Senior Chris Atwood (Rochester, N.H.) rounded out the Panther's squad by finishing in 17th place with a 154 (76-78).
Williams' Grant Raffel earned individual medalist honors with a 1-over-par 145. Raffel's 2-under 70 on Sunday was the best round of the weekend.
• Men’s golf wins NESCAC Qualifier
• Up next: 10/11-12 @ ECAC Championship (Bernardston, Mass.)