Jeffs Place 6th, Valentine 3rd at Worcester State

Amherst senior Chris Valentine placed
3rd individually at Worcester.
WORCESTER, MA – The Amherst College men’s golf team placed sixth out of 15 teams this afternoon at the Worcester State Invitational Tournament at the par-71 Sterling National Country Club. Amherst senior Chris Valentine (Topsfield, MA) finished tied for third individually, as competitors battled the periods of intermittent rain during the duration of the tournament.

The sixth place finish matches Amherst’s best result of 2008-09, and marks the fourth time the Lord Jeffs have finished in that spot. Amherst placed sixth this fall at Trinity, Middlebury, and the NESCAC Championship qualifying tournament.

Valentine led the Lord Jeffs and nearly the entire field through the front nine holes. Valentine was deadlocked with Salem State’s Jeff Santora at the turn with a scorching 34. Santora shot 34 on the back nine to win the tournament, while Valentine put up a 39 to close the day with a 2-over par 73.

Behind Valentine was junior teammate Adam Schniderman (Fort Lauderdale, NY), who shot a 43-39-82 to finish tied for 32nd. Amherst first-years Matt Parsons (Wilmette, IL) and Peter Theiss (Wilmette, IL) placed 40th and 47th with scores of 83 and 86, respectively. Also competing for the Lord Jeffs was first-year Mike Belkin (Needham, MA) who finished tied for 50th individually with an 87.

The top four players combined for a score of 324, which was 26 strokes behind eventual champion Salem State. Nichols State (304) and Trinity College (310) rounded out the top three teams, with Bentley (318) and Worcester State (318) edging Amherst in a tie for fourth place.

Amherst will sit out this weekend as the NESCAC Championship is played at Middlebury, before closing out the 2008-09 regular season at the Little Three Championships next Wednesday at Wesleyan.