Men's Golf at the NECC Championship
Saturday-Sunday, September 30-October 1 | 11 a.m.
Wachusett Country Club—West Boylston, Mass.
The Babson College men's golf team will look to win its fourth straight title when the 2017 New England College Conference (NECC) Championship gets underway on Saturday at Wachusett CC. Unlike past seasons, the league champion will not earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship as the NECC currently has just six schools sponsoring men's golf.
Wachusett CC, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary, is a 6,567-yard par-72 track built in 1927 by famed course designer Donald Ross.
2016 NECC CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
The Green and White opened a 23-shot first-round lead and claimed the top four spots on the individual leaderboard on the way to winning its third straight conference title on October 2, 2016, at Wachusett CC. Sophomore Chris Bornhorst earned NECC Golfer and Rookie of the Year honors after posting a seven-shot victory with a 36-hole total of 1-under par 143. Classmate Martin Jensen closed with a 1-over 73 to finish at 6-over 150, which was one shot better than junior Lukas Linemayr (151) and three shots ahead sophomore David Choi (153), who came in third and fourth, respectively. The Beavers' two-day total of 595 was 42 shots clear of second-place Springfield (637).
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson enters the NECC Championship in good form after shooting a final round 299 to finish fourth at the Williams Invitational last Sunday. First-year Lane Bohman tied for 12th overall with a 36-hole total of 8-over 150, while Jensen closed with an even-par 71 to tie for 20th position along with Bornhorst at 11-over 153. Bohman, who posted consecutive rounds under par to win at Middlebury on September 17, leads the Green and White with a 72.50 stroke average over four competitive rounds. First-year Reed Wilson (75.00) came in 10th at Middlebury and is second on the team in scoring average, and Bornhorst (75.17) has recorded three top-20 finishes in three events this season.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
The Beavers are one of just three teams along with Springfield and Elms to win the NECC Golf Championship going back to 2008. The Pride, which returns three 2016 all-conference selections in senior Travis Price and sophomores Mike Strong and Doug Shane, tied for 12th at Middlebury two weekends ago. The Blazers boast three former all-league honorees and are led by junior James Shalhoup, who tied for seventh at Trinity on September 10. Becker will kick off its 2017-18 campaign this weekend, Dean will be competing in its first NECC Championship, and Mitchell will look to improve upon last year's fifth-place finish.
DEPTH AND EXPERIENCE
The Beavers have eight players on their 2017-18 roster that have earned All-NECC honors over the last three years. Additionally, senior Ian Notkin (2014), junior Riley Whitham (2015) and Bornhorst (2016) have each garnered the league's golfer and rookie of the year awards over the last three seasons.
Entering last season, Babson owned an average team score of 308.50 in its first seven NECC Championship appearances. The Beavers posted team scores of 299 and 297 at Wachusett CC last fall, marking the first time in more than a decade that the squad had broken 300 in back-to-back rounds at the same event.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Green and White has held at least a share of the first-round lead in each of the last six NECC Championships going back to 2011.
2016 - Babson
2015 – Babson
2014 – Babson
2013 – Elms
2012 – Springfield
2011 – Babson
2010 – Elms
2009 – Babson
2008 – Springfield