STOW, Mass.—First-year Kyle Alexander (Brewer, Maine) posted the low round of the day with a 3-over par 75, and classmate Ian Notkin (Caldwell, N.J.) is one of three players just one shot back after shooting 76 as the Babson College men's golf team sits in first place after the opening round of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship at the North Course at Stow Acres Country Club.
The Beavers' score of 309 has them two shots clear of defending champion Elms College, which posted a team score of 311. Newbury College sits in third place, 23 shots off the pace after shooting a 332, while Daniel Webster College is fourth with a total of 335.
Junior Chris Maguire (Waltham, Mass.), a two-time All-NECC second-team selection, fired a 6-over par 78 and is tied for sixth, while classmate Vijay Vasandani (Cebu, Philippines), a two-time all-league first-team honoree and the reigning NECC Golfer of the Year, is tied for ninth after shooting a first-round 80. Senior Jay Ruvane (Buck Hill Falls, Pa.) struggled to an opening-round 86 for the Green and White.
Alexander's round of 75 was the best of his short collegiate career and has him one shot ahead of Notkin and the Blazers' duo of sophomore Chris Miele (South Hadley, Mass.) and first-year Mike Fleury. Senior Stephen Peltier (Dalton, Mass.) of Newbury is fifth after carding a 77, senior Nicholas Smith (Enfield, Conn.) of Elms is seventh with a round of 78, and first-year Brandon Bonnette (Thompson, Conn.) and junior Clint Goodwin (Lebanon, N.H.) of Daniel Webster are both in the top 10 with rounds of 79 and 80, respectively.
The final round gets underway at Stow Acres CC (North Course) on Sunday at 10 a.m. with the NECC champion earning an automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Tournament.