Lord Jeffs Rebuild for 2009-10 Season

Senior Adam Shniderman will be a
leader for the 2009-10 Jeffs.

2008-09 Recap
The 2008-09 Amherst College men’s golf team had another solid year under head coach Jack Arena ’83, and will hope to carry some momentum off a strong spring into this season. With a group of experienced players on the links last year, Amherst finished 6th place at four different tournaments, including the Trinity Invitational, the Duke Nelson Invitational, the NESCAC Qualifier, and the Worcester State Invitational. The Lord Jeffs wrapped up their spring with a second place finish at the Little Three Championships at Wesleyan, as the Ephs of Williams College narrowly pulled out the title.

The Lord Jeffs graduated four seniors in 2009, including a trio of captains who consistently played in the line-up for Amherst over the last four years. Tri-captains Glenn Wong, Chris Valentine and Will Collins were each regular scorers for Amherst, while classmate Marcus Bradley joined the team for the last two years as a walk-on. Both Wong and Collins were two-sport student-athletes for Amherst, with Wong playing for the basketball team, and Collins on the ice hockey team. Valentine progressed during his career and finished third individually at the Worcester State Invitational in 2009.

This Year’s Team
Amherst opens up the 2009-10 season with just a pair of upperclassmen on the roster, as co captains senior Adam Shniderman and junior Trip Wray lead the team. Shniderman was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team last year for his 11th-place finish at the NESCAC Qualifier Tournament last fall, and will be looking to rebound from an injury last spring that limited his play. Wray, another crossover player from Amherst’s hockey team, played at the top of the golf ladder last year, and will be expected to help lead a young team this fall.

Amherst’s sophomore class is its largest, with three returning players. Twin brothers Nate and Mike Belkin are joined by classmate Matt Parsons to comprise the second-year players. At Middlebury last fall, Nate Belkin's two-round total of 147 left him in a tie for second place among the field of 116 golfers. Mike Belkin and Parsons  played well last spring, including a pair of top-50 finishes at the Palamountain Invitational.

Three first-years join the Amherst team this fall, including rookies Ben Johnston, Jared Kusma and Alex Butensky. Each of the three will be counted on to contribute right away, and provide depth to a young and mostly inexperienced team.

Season Outlook
Amherst will play in five tournaments this fall, starting with the Trinity Fall Invitational this weekend. Amherst will compete the next two weekends at NESCAC foes Williams and Middlebury, before playing in the 2009 NESCAC Qualifier at October 3-4.