Jeffs Prepare for NESCAC Championship

Contact: Mike O'Brien


GOLF_CHAMP.jpgAMHERST, Mass. – Following a third-place showing at the fall NESCAC Qualifier, the Amherst College men’s golf team earned a trip to the two-day NESCAC Championship beginning Saturday, Apr. 26 at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury, Vt.

Middlebury earned the right to host the spring championship after claiming a 17-stroke win during the qualifier held Sep. 28-29 at the Brunswick Golf Club in Brunswick, Maine. Also competing in the field will be Trinity and defending champion Williams. The teams are scheduled to tee off at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26 and 10 a.m. Sunday, April 27.

Amherst stood in fifth-place after day one of the fall qualifier with a team score of 317. However, the Jeffs responded nicely in the final round and posted the lowest team score of the day to leap into third with a 302, advancing to the spring championship for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

With a two-day total of 152 (77-75), James Line ’16 led the Jeffs and finished fifth overall en route to an All-NESCAC First Team selection. Joining him on the all-conference team was Josh Moser ’15 who cut five strokes off his day one score to finish 12th overall with a two-day 155 (80-75). Moser was named to the second team.

Amherst opened the spring season on a strong note, winning the Westport Hampton Inn Invitational with a two-round total of 634 (320-314). Seventeen teams competed in the tournament as Moser claimed medalist honors with a 152 (79-73). The Jeffs also grabbed two top-10 finishes from Line (T-7th) and Liam Fine ’17 (T-10th). Line scored a 159 (80-79) and Fine totaled a 160 (79-81).

The following weekend, Amherst finished sixth at the NESCAC Spring Opener hosted by Williams. With a day one score of 314, the Jeffs cut six strokes off their day two total to score a 308. Nicholas Koh ’14 highlighted the day with a combined score of 149 after taking a full nine strokes off his day one score (79-70). Earning another top-10 finish was Sill who tied with three others for 10th. He shot a total of 153 (73-80).

The Jeffs have won eight conference titles, which ranks second among NESCAC teams, but have not earned the title since 1997.