Wray Leads Field After Day One of NESCAC Championship

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Contact: Justin Long

BRANDON, VT – Amherst College’s Trip Wray '11 (Walpole, MA) leads the 20-person field after day one of the NESCAC Men's Golf Championship, as the Lord Jeffs will head into Sunday's final round tied with Williams for third place in the team standings.

Middlebury (302) holds a nine-shot lead at the Neshobe Golf Club, as the Panthers are followed by Trinity (311), Amherst (314) and Williams (314) at the par 71 course. Wray shot a two-over par 73 on Saturday, with Middlebury’s Williams Prince and Trinity’s Alex Bermingham each shooting a 74. Middlebury golfers Max Alley (75) and Jimmy Levins (76) round out the top five.

Amherst’s Nate Belkin ’12 (Needham, MA) will begin his final round in a tie for 11th after he shot a 79 (+8) on the opening day, while Nicholas Koh ’14 (Singapore) is right behind with an 80. Alex Butensky ’13 (Farmington, CT) is tied for 16th (82), with Ben Johnston ’13 (New York, NY) rounding out the field with an 83.

Amherst qualified for the NESCAC’s final event by placing third among 10 teams during the fall’s conference championship qualifier, marking their first appearances in the title event since the qualification format was put in play four years ago.