Men's Golf Wins Little Three Championship

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Amherst snapped the Ephs string of 14-straight Little III titles.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Amherst College men’s golf team won Wednesday’s Little Three Championship, defeating Wesleyan (10-2) and Williams (7-5), with the Ephs besting the Cardinals, 10-2.

Snapping Williams’ string of 14-consecutive Little Three titles, Amherst began the day by taking three and a half out of four available points from Wesleyan in the alternate shot format, while edging out Williams (2.5-1.5). The Jeffs then bested the Cardinals in match play (6.5-1.5), while scoring a 4.5-3.5 victory over the rival Ephs.

Nate Belkin ’12 (Needham, Mass.) and Mark Colp ’12 (Wareham, Mass.) halved their alternate shot match-up with Wesleyan’s Pete Taylor ’12 and Tom Salah ’12, while finishing 1-up on Williams’ Jake Abrahams ’14 and Hrishi Srinageshi ’13.

Ben Johnston ’13 (New York, N.Y.) and Erik Hansen ’14 (Deephaven, Minn.) defeated the Cardinals’ pairing of Ryan Marvick ’14 and Ben Firn ’14 (6&4), while turning down the Ephs’ Siwol Chang ’12 and Alexander Xu ’13, 4&3.

The Jeffs’ Jarvis Sill ’15 (Portola Valley, Calif.) and Josh Moser ’15 (San Francisco, Calif.) upended Wesleyan’s Tommy Hartnett ’14 and Brad Improta ’14 (9&7) in the alternate shot, while halving with Williams’ Cody Semmelrock ’14 and Matt McCarron ’14.

Nicholas Koh ’14 (Singapore) and Alex Butensky ’13 (Farmington, Conn.) rounded out the Jeffs’ pairings, securing a 9&8 win over the Cardinals’ Donald Kleckner ’13 and Casey Fratkin ’14, while finishing 1-down against Williams’ Ross Bowen ’14 and Dylan Deither ’14.

In its match-play round against Wesleyan, Koh, Johnston, Sill, Moser, Hansen and Colp each prevailed over their Cardinal counterparts, while Butensky halved with Salah and Taylor defeated Belkin (7&5) for the hosts’ lone point.

Belkin defeated Deither (3&2) in the Jeffs’ match-play against the Ephs, with Johnston and Sill also picking up wins. Bowen earned one of three points for Williams with a 5&4 triumph over Koh, while Semmelrock bested Butensky (7&6). Xu finished 2-up on Hansen, while Amherst’s Colp edged out Srinageshi, 3&2.

Amherst returns to action on Apr. 21-22 at Williams.