Jeffs Earn Spot in 2011 NESCAC Championship

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HARTFORD, CT – The Amherst College men’s golf team traveled south to play in the two-day 2010 NESCAC Championship Qualifier against teams from each school in the conference. The Lord Jeffs finished in third place in the 10 team field, earning a spot in the spring championship event for the first time since the qualification format was put in play four years ago.

Amherst carded a 299 for the second consecutive day, finishing the two-day event with a team score of 598. Middlebury took the team title with a score of 585, while Williams edged Amherst by a stroke for second place. Trinity earned the fourth and final spot in the championship event.

Amherst senior co-captain Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) earned First Team All-NESCAC honors by tying for fifth place individually with a two-day score of 145. Wray shot a 71 on Saturday, before carding a 74 this afternoon to lead Amherst.

Junior Nate Belkin (Needham, MA) grabbed a spot on the All-NESCAC Second Team with a 74-73-147. Rookie Nicholas Koh (Singapore) shot a 73 this afternoon to tie Belkin for the low score on the team, finishing with a two-day 151 after an opening round 78.

First-year Erik Hansen (Deephaven, MN) shot a 76-79-155 as Amherst’s fourth and final scorer, while sophomore Alex Butensky (Farmington, CT) registered an 83-80-163.

With the result, Amherst will play for the 2011 NESCAC Championship the last weekend in April. By winning the qualifier this weekend, Middlebury earns the right to host the spring event at home.