The Middlebury men's golf team opened up its spring season at the Dr. Tim Brown Invitational hosted by Skidmore at the Ballston Spa Country Club. The Panthers finished in a first-place tie with Trinity, as both teams came in with a two-day total of 573 at the 15-team event. Williams was a distant third with a 587. Middlebury returns to action next weekend at the Williams Spring Invitational.
Reid Buzby tied for top honors among 88 golfers, shooting a 71 on Saturday before carding a tournament-best 66 on Sunday for a 137. The senior had an eagle, four birdies and just one bogey on the afternoon. Buzby was edged for medalist honors by Will Rosenfield of Trinity, who birdied the 18th hole in a playoff.
Placing third overall was Jeffrey Giguere, who fired a 67 on day one, and followed that up with a 71 for a total of 138, one stroke off the pace. Phin Choukas shot a 147 (74-73) to tie for 14th place, while Philippe Morin was next with a 151 (76-76). David Packer rounded out the squad with a 155 (77-78).