BABSON PARK, Mass.—After winning four events, which includes the program's fourth straight conference title, the Babson College men's golf team has solidified itself as one of the top program's in the northeast entering the 2018-19 campaign.
ON THE RANGE
Under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Jeff Page, the Beavers return seven players from a team that finished with one of the best scoring averages in school history last season. The Green and White recorded eight top-four results in nine two-day tournaments and boasted a 300.20 team stroke average across 20 rounds last fall.
NEW YEAR NEW LEAGUE
The Green and White ended its nine-year relationship with the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) in July to become an associate member of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). Babson joins full-time members Christopher Newport, Mary Washington, Penn State Harrisburg, Southern Virginia, York, and associate member New Jersey City to give the league seven schools that sponsor men's golf for the upcoming season. The move to the CAC also gives the Green and White access to the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
IN CONTROL OF HIS GAME
Junior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) is coming off a tremendous 2017-18 season that saw him become just the third player in program history and first since 2001 to earn All-America honorable mention honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Bornhorst's scoring average of 73.40 was the best in Babson history, and he finished at level par or better in each of his final five rounds to end the year.
SUCCESS OF THE SENIORS
Page's senior class of Benjamin Crawford (Houston, Texas), Lukas Linemayr (Hampton, N.H.) and Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) has helped lead the program to a new level of success since arriving in the fall of 2015. Whitham, who earned all-region honors back in 2016, owns a 77.32 career stroke average and played in 16 of 20 rounds last season. Linemayr came in sixth at last year's NECC Championship and boasts a 77.53 career average, while Crawford owns a 78.16 stroke average in 19 rounds over his first three seasons.
BUILDING ON STRONG RESULTS
Junior Martin Jensen (Bronxville, N.Y.) and sophomores Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) and Reed Wilson (Redlands, Calif.) were all amongst the Beavers' top players in 2017-18. Jensen, who is spending the fall semester abroad, twice shot even par and owns a 77.26 career average in 19 competitive rounds. The medalist at last year's Middlebury Ralph Myhre Invitational, Bohman broke par three times and was second on the squad with a 75.78 stroke average, while Wilson shot 72 or better five times and was fourth on the team with a 76.11 scoring average as a rookie.
SHAVING OFF STROKES
The Green and White, which broke 300 in nine of 20 rounds last year, has cut nearly 24 shots off its team scoring average over the last four seasons, which includes a seven-shot improvement from the 2016-17 team of 307.00.
ADDING TO THE SCHEDULE
In addition to the CAC Championship, which will be played in April, Babson has a strong slate of tournaments lined up for the upcoming season. The Beavers will open with events hosted by Trinity, Middlebury and Williams before heading south to take part in the Royal Lakes-Ogelthorpe Invitational outside of Atlanta in early October. The Green and White also will compete at Skidmore's Saratoga National Invitational for the first time this fall.