Alexander Matches Babson's Lowest Round Since 1992, Takes Medalist Honors in Beavers' Fourth Victory in 2017-18
MIDDLETOWN, R.I.—Senior Kyle Alexander (Brewer, Maine) closed with a 5-under par round of 67 to match the lowest round by a Babson College competitor since 1992 while earning medalist honors to help the Beavers finish first at the Bentley University Newport National Classic on Wednesday.
Babson posted a team score of 590 in the 10-team, 36-hole event at Newport National Golf Club, and edged Division II Dominican University on a tiebreaker to post its fourth victory of the year. The Beavers posted totals of 301-289 and were three shots better than the Chargers in the afternoon round to take the title. The host Falcons came in third, while Assumpton College and UMass Dartmouth rounded out the top five.
Alexander opened with a 3-over par 75 and made five birdies and no bogeys as part of his final round 67 to post a 36-hole total of 2-under par 142 for a two-shot victory. His round is the lowest in relation to par and matched 67s shot by Mike Sexton '10 on April 23, 2000, and Fernando Pineres '01 on September 20, 2009, as the lowest recorded Babson score dating back to 1992. Both Sexton and Pineres carded their respective rounds at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass.
Sophomore Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) fired back-to-back rounds of 72 to finish in a three-way tie for second place at even-par 144, while junior Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) grabbed a share of ninth place with rounds of 76-75 for a 7-over total of 151.
Senior Pranav Mohan (Fremont, Calif.) tied for 21st position at 12-over 156 with rounds of 80-76, and classmate Dan Young (Westwood, Mass.) and first-years Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) and Reed Wilson (Redlands, Calif.) were three of eight players to finish at 14-over 158, which was good for a tie for 29th overall.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it begins first round play at the Tim Brown Invitational hosted by Skidmore College at Ballston Spa Country Club.
• The Beavers' second round score of 289 was tied for their second lowest team score of the season.
• Babson, which was fifth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, owns a scoring average of 303.40 through its first five rounds in April.
• Prior to Wednesday, Alexander's low collegiate round was 74, achieved at last year's Newport National Classic and matched back in October in the second round of the NEIGA Championship.