Jeffs Tie for Sixth at NESCAC Championship Qualifier

NESCAC LogoWILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College men’s golf team wrapped up the NESCAC Championship Qualifier Sunday afternoon at Williams College in a tie for sixth place. The Lord Jeffs will conclude their fall season when they travel to Brewster, Mass., for the NEIGA Championships Oct. 19-20.

Trinity College led all schools with a 294 on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the host Ephs, whose 297-298-595 was good enough to claim the team title. Hamilton College was the runner-up with a two-day total of 597, with Trinity and Middlebury rounding out the group of four that will compete for a conference title in the spring.

Phil Preiss of Hamilton won the individual title by shooting a 71 on each day, which was good enough for par. Trinity’s Alex Bermingham shot an 80 on day one but stormed through the pack with an impressive 67 on Sunday to jump into second place (+5). Four golfers tied for third place at six over par.

Amherst placed seventh at the 2007 NESCAC Qualifier and finished sixth a year ago, but the Lord Jeffs just missed out on cracking the top five this year. After shooting a 318 on day one, Amherst shaved eight strokes off its score on Sunday to finish with a 628, only three strokes behind fifth-place Tufts.

For the fourth time in as many tournaments this fall, Amherst’s top two performances were put in by sophomore Nate Belkin (Needham, MA) and junior Trip Wray (Walpole, MA). Belkin led the way this time around by tying for 17th (75-78-153), with Wray three shots behind in a tie for 25th (79-77-156).

Co-captain Adam Shniderman (Fort Lauderdale, FL) shot a team-low 75 on Sunday to lead the Lord Jeffs, as Amherst’s lone senior finished with a 158 to tie for 30th. First-year Alex Butensky (Farmington, CT) tied for 37th, with sophomore Mike Belkin (Needham, MA) shooting an 84 on each day to round out the group in 44th place.


Amherst Individual Results
T17. Nate Belkin (75-78-153)
T25. Trip Wray (79-77-156)
T30. Adam Shniderman (83-75-158)
T37. Alex Butensky (81-80-161)
44. Mike Belkin (84-84-168)

Team Leaders
1. Williams (297-298-595)
2. Hamilton (291-306-597)
3. Trinity (309-294-603)

Individual Leaders
1. Phil Preiss, Hamilton (71-71-142) E
2. Alex Bermingham, Trinity (80-67-147) +5
T3. Jacob Wagner, Williams (75-73-148) +6
T3. Brad Roche, Hamilton (71-77-148) +6
T3. Robert Camp, Williams (74-74-148) +6
T3. Andrew Emerson, Middlebury (73-75-148) +6