Men's Golf Wins Eighth NESCAC Championship

The Panthers won their fifth title in six years.
The Panthers won their fifth title in six years.

The Middlebury men's golf team won its eighth NESCAC Championship and fifth in six years as the Panthers extended their day one lead by four strokes on the way to the title. Leading by three over Hamilton after 18 holes, the Panthers shot a 314 on the second day of competition to finish with a 618, seven strokes ahead of Trinity (625), who shot the same score on Sunday. Amherst came in with a 320 to finish with a 636, while Hamilton shot 330 to earn a two-day total of 637.

The championship event took place at the 6,315-yard, par 71 Ralph Myhre Golf Course on the campus of Middlebury College. Saturday's competition saw full sunshine with light winds, while much of Sunday's action was played with temperatures in the high 40s and rain.

Middlebury's Rodrigo Andrade took home medalist honors with a two-day total of 151, including a 77 on Sunday. Tying for second place were Joseph Ladd of Trinity (75-78) and Bayard Geeslin of Hamilton (78-75), who each finished with a 153. Philippe Morin (75-80) and Fitz Bowen (77-78) of Middlebury tied for fourth place to round out the top five. Trinity's Nate Choukas fired the best round on Sunday, turning in a two-over-par 73.

Rounding out Middlebury's championship effort were Bennett Doherty (78-81), who tied for 10th with a 159 and Reid Buzby (81-79), who carded a 160 to tie for 12th place overall.

With the win, the Panthers receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which takes place from May 10-13 at the Midvale Country Club and Mendon Golf Club in Rochester, New York.