Notkin Fires A 76 To Take Home NECC Golfer of the Year and Rookie of the Year Honors
STOW, Mass.—First-year Ian Notkin (Caldwell, N.J.) shot a 4-over par 76 for the second day in a row to earn New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Golfer of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors, leading the Babson College men's golf team to its first NECC Championship since 2011 on Sunday afternoon on the North Course at Stow Acres Country Club.
Led by NECC Coach of the Year Jeff Page, the Beavers collected their third conference title since 2009 and secured the league's automatic bid to the 2015 Division III NCAA Championship.
Babson, which led by two shots entering the final round, finished with a two-day team score of 623 to edge second-place Elms College by 15 strokes. Newbury College finished with a team total of 665 to finish third, while Daniel Webster College was fourth with a two-round score of 675.
Notkin entered the day one shot off the lead and tied for the low round of the day on Sunday to edge fellow first-year Kyle Alexander (Brewer, Maine) and sophomore Chris Miele (South Hadley, Mass.) of Elms by three strokes with a 36-hole total of 8-over par 152. Alexander, who was the first round leader after carding a 3-over 75 on Saturday, finished with an 80 on Sunday, earning All-NECC first-team honors with a total of 11-over par 155.
Junior Chris Maguire (Waltham, Mass.) earned a spot on the all-conference second team for the third straight year after shooting a final-round 79 to finish sixth with a two-day total of 13-over par 157. Classmate Vijay Vasandani (Cebu, Philippines), the 2013 NECC Golfer of the Year, garnered second-team accolades after posting a 36-hole total of 161 to finish in the 10th position.
Senior Jay Ruvane (Buck Hill Falls, Pa.) bounced back from Saturday's 86 by firing a 79 on Sunday to come in 13th overall.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it opens play at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Championship hosted by the Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston, Mass., at 9 a.m.
TOURNAMENT NOTES: Notkin became the fifth Babson golfer in the last seven years to earn conference golfer of the year accolades…he is also the second Beavers' first-year to earn the NECC Rookie of the Year award…the Green and White will be making its ninth NCAA Championship appearance in May at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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