LITCHFIELD, N.H. -- Despite having four players shoot in the 70s in Sunday's final round, the Babson College men's golf team came up just short of winning its second straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship as the Beavers finished second behind Springfield College at Passaconaway Country Club. Babson's two-round total of 615 was only two strokes behind the Pride's winning total of 613, and was five strokes ahead of third-place Elms.
Springfield sophomore Adam Ziewancz (Simsbury, Conn.) captured individual Medalist honors and earned conference Rookie of the Year accolades, firing a tournament-low 146 over two rounds including a final-round best 73 to finish four over par. As a result, the Pride returned to winners circle in the NECC for the first time since winning the inaugural conference crown in 2008 and will represent the league in the NCAA Division III Championship next spring.
Ziewancz edged out tourney runner-up Phil Rurak (Wilbraham, Mass.) of Elms, who shot 76 to finish 149 overall and +7 for the weekend, while Babson's Wesley Tryhane (Stamford, Conn.) took third carding a 74 to finish at 150 (+8). The top five – who each earned First Team All-Conference honors - also included Henry Fall (Harpswell, Maine) of Elms in fourth (75-76-15, +9) and Babson first-year Vijay Vasandani (Cebu, Philippines) in fifth (73-79-152, +10). It was Tryhane's second straight All-NECC First Team selection, while Vasandani garnered All-League honors in his NECC Championship debut.
The Second Team All-Conference Team consisted of the sixth through 10th place finishers, including Tim Vollaro (Somers, Conn.) of Springfield in sixth (154), Kyle DiFranco (East Longmeadow, Mass.) of Springfield, Adam Navarro (Stoneham, Mass.) of Newbury, and Babson junior Kenny Chong (N. Bergen, N.J.) tied for seventh (156), and Chris Vincent (Norwich, Conn.) of Springfield and Beavers' first-year Chris Maguire (Waltham, Mass.) tied for tenth (157). The All-NECC nod was the first for both Chong and Maguire.
Craig Cowles of Elms was selected as the NECC's Coach of the Year by his peers at the conclusion of the event, while Becker College earned the conference's Team Sportsmanship Award.
Rounding out the Babson lineup was senior Paul Caso (Amherst, N.H.), who placed 13th with a two-day total of 161.
NOTE: Portions of this story taken from a Daniel Webster College press release.