2007-08 Season Preview
Amherst kicked off the 2006 fall season with the Bowdoin Invitational, and the results of the first match were a good indication of how the team would perform all year. While one Jeff stood out slightly above the rest with a score of 159, three players tied with a score of 162, indicating that Amherst featured several players with similar talent and potential. The Jeffs improved upon their score of 645 at the Bowdoin Invite by shooting 624 at the Duke Nelson Invite, then again improved by shooting a 612 at the Williams Invite the following weekend. The fall season concluded with a sixth-place showing at the NESCAC Championships, followed by the Jeffs placing in the middle of the pack at the NEIGA Championships.
The spring season began with the Flumere Invitational, at which Amherst finished tied for ninth place, but only four strokes behind fifth-place Tufts University. After a disappointing showing at the WNEC Invitational, Amherst sent eight players to the Little III Championships. The Jeffs defeated Wesleyan University handily, 9.5-2.5, but fell to Williams College, 8-4, as they took four of the eight singles matches from the Ephs, but failed to win any of the four alternate-shot matches. Amherst closed out the season with the Williams Co-ed Invitational and the Williams Quad, but was unable to get the desired results in either event in Williamstown.
The Jeffs lose the services of their only All-NESCAC First Team member from 2006, Drew Russ. Although he competed in just two events last fall, Russ made his appearances count, finishing with a 155 at the NESCAC Championships to place tied for seventh, and a 157 at the Duke Nelson Invite. Amherst also loses its pair of senior co-captains, Andrew Bruns and Sean Jules. In five events last fall, Jules averaged a solid 161.4, including a 157-stroke performance at the conference championships, just two strokes behind Russ. Bruns competed in four events last fall, averaging a 160.8 while earning his team’s lowest score at both the Bowdoin Invite (159) and NEIGA Championships (162).
A trio of Jeffs return to represent the junior class: Will Collins, Chris Valentine and Glenn Wong. While Collins and Wong each played in just two matches last fall, averaging 164 and 172.5, respectively, Valentine did not miss a fall event, averaging a 162 along the way. He twice shot under 160, including an impressive 154 at the Duke Nelson Invite that earned him a 35th-place finish (out of 123 golfers).
Adam Shniderman returns as the Jeffs’ lone sophomore after playing in four matches last fall. His fall scoring average of 160.5 was second only to Russ, as he shot a 159 at the Williams Invite and NESCAC Championships, and a 162 at the Duke Nelson and Bowdoin invitationals.
Representing the senior class will be Jesse Corradi and Judd Olanoff, who each saw action in two matches last spring. In singles play at the Little III Championships, Corradi defeated both his Williams and Wesleyan counterparts, then teamed up with Valentine to pick up a point against Wesleyan in alternate-shot play. To close out the season, Corradi shot a solid 83 at the Williams Quad, finishing just ahead of both Russ and Valentine. Both seniors will likely see more action this year, while Corradi will look to significantly improve on last season’s success as the captain of this year’s squad.
Trip Wray of Walpole, MA will be the lone first-year on the team, but head coach Jack Arena expects him to be an immediate contributor and have a significant impact on the Jeffs.
Season OutlookAmherst’s strong core of younger players, which got plenty of experience last year, should allow the Jeffs to improve on the 2006-07 results. With the addition of Wray, look for Amherst to have a solid showing at the NESCAC Championship Qualifier Sept. 29-30 and to improve on its sixth-place finish at last year’s conference championships, which this year will be held in the spring.