Amherst Places Seventh at NESCAC Championship Qualifier

First-year Trip Wray finished with a two-day total of 153, which tied him for ninth place overall.

CLINTON, NY – The Amherst College men’s golf team traveled to Hamilton College for the 2007 NESCAC Championship Qualifier at the Skenandoa Club. The Lord Jeffs needed to place fourth or better to advance to the first-ever conference championship round in April, but finished the two-day event in seventh place. Trinity College finished in first place, earning the right to host the championship round this spring.

The Bantams’ Josh Grossman took home the individual title with a two-day total of 146, just two strokes over par. It was a close race to the finish, as only seven strokes separated Grossman and Amherst first-year Trip Wray (Walpole, MA), who finished tied for ninth place by shooting a 153.

Just five strokes behind Wray with a 158 was junior Chris Valentine (Topsfield, MA), who finished tied for 24th. Sophomore Adam Shniderman (Fort Lauderdale, FL) shaved 10 strokes off of his day-one total of 88, finishing with a 166 for the tournament. Close behind were junior Will Collins (Edina, MN) with a 168 and senior Judd Olanoff (New York, NY) with a 171.

Five of the ten schools improved on their day-one totals by shooting lower second rounds, while four (including three of the top four finishers) shot higher second rounds; Amherst shot a 320 on both the first and second day.

The Lord Jeffs will not resume play until Sunday, Oct. 21, when they travel to the NEIGA Championships in Hyannis to conclude the fall season.

AMHERST SCORES (320-320—640)
T9. Trip Wray (76-77—153)
T24. Chris Valentine (79-79—158)
T40. Adam Shniderman (88-78—166)
T44. Will Collins (82-86—168)
T49. Judd Olanoff (83-88—171)

1. Trinity 301-305—606
2. Middlebury 302-311—613
3. Williams 309-305—614
4. Hamilton 307-309—616
5. Tufts 317-306—623
6. Bowdoin 322-315—337
7. Amherst 320-320—640
8. Wesleyan 326-317—643
T9. Bates 321-333—654
T9. Colby 329-325—654

1. Josh Grossman – Trinity (74-72—146)
2. Brad Roche – Hamilton (73-75—148)
3. Gus Thompson – Colby (73-76—149)
T4. Ryan Blossom – Bowdoin (74-76—150)
T4. Harrison Bane – Middlebury (77-73—150)
T4. Reid Longley – Trinity (71-79—150)
T4. Jacob Wagner – Williams (76-74—150)
8. John Killea – Williams (75-76—151)
T9. Trip Wray – Amherst (76-77—153)
T9. Jeff Corbett – Hamilton (76-77—153)
T9. David Hunt – Tufts (74-79—153)