Amherst Fails to Qualify for NESCAC Championship with 6th Place Result at Middlebury

NESCAC Golf LogoFrom a Middlebury College Release

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Middlebury earned the top spot at 2008-09 NESCAC Golf Qualifier hosted on campus at the par 71 Ralph Myhre Golf Course. With the first place finish, the Panthers will host the four-team NESCAC Championship on Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th. Middlebury held a two-shot lead over Trinity after one day of play and extended the lead by a stroke to capture the event with a two-day total of 593. The Bantams shot a 594, followed by Hamilton (606) and Williams (611) to round out the top four qualifiers.

Amherst shot 318 on day one of the qualifier, and sat in seventh place, before rallying in the second round of action. The Lord Jeffs took 13 strokes off their team score from day one, as one of just four teams to lower their total from Saturday to Sunday. The improvement was by far the largest of the four schools who played a better second round, as all five Amherst student-athletes shot in the 70s.  Bowdoin was the only other school to have all five players in the 70s on Sunday.

Amherst was led by junior Adam Shniderman (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) who finished in 11th individually with a 77-76-153. Sophomore Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) followed Shniderman with a 78-76-154 for a share of 18th place.

First-year Nate Belkin (Needham, MA) shot a combined 157 in his first NESCAC Qualifier to finish in 27th individually, while senior tri-captains Chris Valentine (Topsfield, MA) and Glenn Wong (Leverett, MA) each tied for 32nd place with two-day totals of 160.

Reid Longley of Trinity was the lone player to shoot under par, as he came in with a two-day total of 141. Hamilton’s Jeff Corbett was next with an even par 142, followed by Jimmy Levins (145) and Michael McCormick (146) of Middlebury. A foursome followed in a four-way tie for fifth place, each shooting a 150. Jeff Cutter of Bowdoin, Jack Killea of Williams, Trinity’s Jay Driscoll and Lee Smith of Bates comprised the group.

Final Tournament Results

Amherst College (318 - 305 =  623)
T-11) Adam Shniderman 77 - 76 = 153
T-18) Trip Wray 78 - 76 = 154
T-27) Nate Belkin 82 - 75 = 157
T-32) Chris Valentine 81 - 79 = 160
T-32) Glenn Wong 82 - 78 = 160