Jeffs Return Strong Core, Poised for Successful Season

Contact: Mike O'Brien

koh1Season Outlook
The men’s golf program is poised for a successful 2013-14 season under head coach Jack Arena ’83. For the second consecutive year, Amherst finished fifth at the NESCAC Qualifier to barely miss out on the spring’s championship event. The Jeffs still managed to put together a successful spring, placing third in the 20-team field at the Hampton Inn Invitational. In the final event of the year, Amherst fell short of reclaiming the Little Three title with a tiebreaking loss to Williams. The Jeffs and Ephs tied with six points apiece but Williams took the crown thanks to a greater scoring differential in the event’s various matches.

Despite the loss of Alex Butensky ’13, Mark Colp ’13 and Ben Johnston ’13, the Jeffs return a solid core of players this year that figure to put Amherst among the top teams in the conference. The Purple and White have depth at each class and will introduce three first year players that will be looked upon to make an impact right away.
The Seniors
Two-time All-NESCAC First Team selection, Nikolas Koh ’14, returns to the Jeffs for his senior season and is poised for another stellar campaign. Koh highlighted the 2012 season with a two-day score of 149 at the NESCAC Qualifier to place fifth overall. The junior recorded the lowest score in four tournaments for the Purple and White. Koh also landed an All-Conference First Team selection as a sophomore with a third place finish at the NESCAC Qualifier with a 71-73-144.

Rounding out the senior class is Erik Hansen ’14. Hansen looks to be a strong leader on the links for the Jeffs this fall. Last year he helped the Purple and White claim third place out of 20 teams at the Hampton Inn Invitational with a score of 82.

The Juniors
Representing the junior class will be Brandon Brown ’15, Josh Moser ’15 and Jarvis Sill ’15. Sill looks to build on a successful sophomore season in which he won the Jeffs' award for the team’s top golfer. He finished in the top-three on the team in five tournaments, including two that he finished first. One of his top performances of the year came at the Hampton Inn Invitational with a score of 75 to rank fifth in the field and first for the Jeffs. Sill was also the medalist at the Williams Spring Invitational with a two-day score of 152.

Moser enjoyed a sophomore campaign that included a two-day score of 166 at the Williams Invitational and a score of 76 at the Hampton Inn Invitational, both were low enough to rank second on the Purple and White.

The Youngsters
The lone sophomore returning to the squad this fall is James Line ’16. Line should have a great impact on the links this season for the Jeffs. As a first year player, he placed within the top-50 in three tournaments last year. His best outing was a 73-86-159 at the Duke Nelson Invitational to finish in a tie for 35th.

Joining the team this fall will be Liam Fine ’17 of Jupiter, Fla., Nick Kafker ’17 of Swampscott, Mass. and Harrison Marick ’17 of Northbrook, Ill. The three first year players bring a lot of depth to this year’s squad.

The 2013-14 season will begin Saturday, Sept. 7, when the Jeffs compete in the two-day Trinity Invitational.