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Defending Champs Sit in Seventh Place after First Round of Duke Nelson Invitational

Defending Champs Sit in Seventh Place after First Round of Duke Nelson Invitational

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Sophomore Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) shot an even-par 71 and Babson College is sitting in seventh place with a team score of 299 after the opening round of the Middlebury College Duke Nelson Invitational at Ralph Myhre Golf Club.

NYU sits in first place on a crowded leaderboard after posting a 291 total on Saturday. Williams College is second at 293, Johnson & Wales University is third at 294 and Trinity College and Amherst College are tied for fourth at 296. The host Panthers are one shot ahead of the Beavers in sixth place as seven teams will begin the final round within eight strokes of the lead.

Bohman, who took medalist honors at last year's tournament, is one of four players tied for fifth just two shots off the lead of Williams' Sam Goldenring, who opened with a 2-under 69. Junior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) fired a 4-over 74 on Saturday and is tied for 19th place, while first-year Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) finished with a 5-over 75 to grab a share of 26th position.

Senior Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) and first-year Burt Gesner (Severna Park, Md.) both shot 79 in the first round and sit in a tie for 64th place.

Babson returns to the course on Sunday morning for final round play beginning at 9 a.m.

• The Beavers shot 289-283 to capture their first Duke Nelson Invitational title by one shot last September.
• Bohman, who carded back-to-back rounds of 70 at last year's tournament, is now 2-under par over 54 holes at Ralph Myhre GC.
• With his 74 on Saturday, Bornhorst had his run of seven consecutive rounds at even par or better snapped.