Beavers Finish Fall Slate with Three Consecutive Victories
BREWSTER, Mass.—First-year Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) tied for the low round of the day and the 22nd-ranked Babson College men's golf team overcame a three-shot deficit to win the 84th Annual NEIGA Championship on Monday afternoon at The Captains Course.
The victory was the third in a row for the Beavers, who shot 300 on in the final round to claim a one-shot victory over Williams with a 36-hole total of 613. The Ephs posted a 304 total on Monday, while Middlebury shot 303 to finish in third place with a two-day total of 618. Husson (627) and Nichols (628) rounded out the top five.
After opening with a 3-over 75 on Sunday, Gianelos matched his career-low round with a 1-under 71 to come in second on the individual leaderboard with a 2-over total of 146, which was just one shot behind medalist Reid Buzby of Middlebury. Sophomore Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) bounced back from a first-round 80 to shoot 75 on Monday on his way to grabbing a share of 11th place at 11-over 155.
Junior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) carded his second consecutive 78 to tie for 13th place at 12-over 156, while first-year Burt Gesner (Severna Park, Md.) shot 80 for the second day in a row to tie for 30th position at 16-over 160. Senior Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) closed with a final round 76 to move into a tie for 38th overall at 17-over 161.
Babson, which won three times and posted six top-five finishes in six events this fall, will return to action in April as it prepares to compete in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship for the first time after joining the league in July.
• The Beavers now own two wins, the other coming in 2016, and five straight top three finishes at the NEIGA Championship going back to 2014.
• By virtue of his runner-up finish, Gianelos earned Babson's seventh NEIGA all-region honor in as many years dating back to 2012.
• The Green and White owns a 297.33 scoring average in the final round of six tournaments this fall and erased deficits to win each of its last two events.