Amherst Closes Season by Placing Fourth at NESCAC Championship

Trip Wray '11 wrapped up an outstanding career by placing 10th at the NESCAC Championship.

Contact: Justin Long

BRANDON, VT – The Amherst College men’s golf team closed out its 2010-11 season by placing fourth at the NESCAC Championship, which was hosted by Middlebury College and held at the Neshobe Golf Club. The Panthers captured the title with a red-hot 292 on Sunday for a combined score of 594 over 36 holes.  

Leading by nine after the first day, the Panthers added to their lead to come away with a convincing 19-stroke victory. The title is the third for the squad in the last six seasons and the fourth overall. Trinity finished second with a 613, followed by Williams (615) and Amherst (623).
NESCAC Player of the Year Brian Cady led Middlebury on day two, firing a one-under-par 71 on the par 72 course to finish second overall with a 148. Winning medalist honors was Middlebury’s William Prince, who shot an even par 72 on day two, finishing with a 146.

Jimmy Levins and Andrew Emerson each finished with a 151 to tie for fourth place and round out Middlebury’s scorers. Alex Bermingham of Trinity finished the tourney in third place with a 150, followed by teammate Jack Palley in sixth with a 152.

Amherst’s Trip Wray ’11 (Walpole, MA)—who earned All-NESCAC First Team honors in the fall—led the 20-person field after the first day of competition (73), but he would fire an 82 on Sunday to drop to a tie for 10th.

Nate Belkin ’12 (Needham, MA) was the only Amherst golfer to shoot below 80 on both days, as his 79-78-157 left him in a tie for 13th. Alex Butensky ’13 (Farmington, CT) also finished with a 157, shooting an 82 on Saturday before shaving seven strokes for a 75 on the second day.
Finishing with Amherst’s fourth lowest total was Nicholas Koh ’14 (Singapore), who placed 18th after shooting a 159 (80-79). Ben Johnston ’13 (New York, NY) was one stroke behind with an 83-77-160, which left him in 19th.

Team Results
1. Middlebury (302-292-594)
2. Trinity (311-302-613)
3. Williams (314-301-615)
4. Amherst (314-309-623)

Amherst Results
T10. Trip Wray (73-82-155)
T13. Nate Belkin (79-78-157)
T13. Alex Butensky (82-75-157)
18. Nicholas Koh (80-79-159)
19. Ben Johnston (83-77-160)