Lord Jeffs Finish Fall with Fourth at NESCAC Match Play

BERNARDSTON, MA – The Amherst College men’s golf team had the lowest score of the day this afternoon, finishing day two of the inaugural NESCAC Modified Match Play Invitational in fourth place with a 312 on Sunday. Despite posting a 3-1 record over the two days of match play action, Amherst was placed into the consolation bracket due to tiebreaking criteria, with no chance to place higher than fourth overall.

On Saturday, Amherst split a pair of matches against Williams and Wesleyan. The Ephs and the Middlebury Panthers each posted 2-0 records on day one, earning a spot in the championship match on Sunday. Trinity earned the third spot in the championship over Amherst due to tiebreaking factors, despite both team finishing day one with a 1-1 mark. The Lord Jeffs topped opposition from Wesleyan and Bowdoin on Sunday to earn the fourth place result.

Amherst senior co-captain Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) earned five out of a possible six points on Saturday playing against the top players from Williams and Wesleyan. The Lord Jeff leader helped the Jeffs on Sunday with another three and a half points against Bowdoin and Wesleyan. Rookie Nick Koh (Singapore) was solid as well on Saturday, earning four points in the number four match.

Junior Nate Belkin (Needham, MA) won five and a half out of a possible six points today, while Koh earned another four and a half. After carding a 46 on the front nine today, Koh fired a 35 on the back nine to help lead the Jeffs. Rookie Eric Hansen (Deephaven, MN) shot the lowest score of the day with a 75 out of the number five spot.

This weekend’s event is the final competition of the fall for the Lord Jeffs. After breaking for the winter, Amherst will open up play on Spring Break in March.