Men's Golf at the ECAC Division III New England Championship
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12—9:30am
Crumpin-Fox Club—Bernardston, Mass.
The Babson College men's golf team will take part in the ECAC Division III New England Championship this weekend for the first time since 2008. The Crumpin-Fox Club, a par-72 layout that plays to 6,508 yards from the middle tees, will host the ECAC Championship for third consecutive year.
LAST TIME AT THE ECAC CHAMPIONSHIP:
Bryan Eger '11 posted a 36-hole total of 4-over par 144 to finish third overall as Babson came in seventh out of 17 teams at the 2008 ECAC Division III New England Championship at the Tunxis Plantation Golf Course in Farmington, Conn. Eger fired back-to-back rounds of 72 to finish four shots behind the individual champion, Jay Driscoll of Trinity, as the Beavers finished with a team score of 618. Fernando Pineres '10 tied for 22nd with a 13-over par total of 153, while Matt Foley's '11 36-hole total of 159 left him tied for 39th position.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Babson comes into the ECAC Division III New England Championship playing its best golf of the season after winning the NECC Championship last weekend on the North Course at Stow Acres Country Club. First-year Ian Notkin was named as the league's golfer and rookie of the year after taking medalist honors with an 8-over par total of 152. Classmate Kyle Alexander tied for second and earned All-NECC first-team honors after finishing with a 36-hole total of 155, while juniors Chris Maguire and Vijay Vasandani both earned all-league second team accolades after posting top-10 finishes for the third consecutive year. The Beavers, led by NECC Coach of the Year Jeff Page, took a four-shot lead after posting a team score of 309 on Saturday, and then shot a 314 on Sunday for total score of 623 to finish 15 shots clear of defending-champion Elms. Vasandani leads the Green and White with a 77.57 scoring average, while Alexander (78.80) and Notkin (79.67) have combined to shoot 80 or better in nine of 14 competitive rounds this fall.
SCOUTING THE FIELD:
The 2014 ECAC Division III New England Championship features one of the deepest and most talented fields Babson will compete against this season. Defending-champion Middlebury returns after posting a 13-shot victory last season, as does Western New England, Endicott, Elms and Nichols, all of which finished in the top five at last year's event. Trinity College, which won its own season-opening Bill Detrick Invitational back in September, along with Castleton State and Husson, highlight this season's 22-team field.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The Beavers' best finish at the ECAC Championship came when they finished third in 2004.