WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—The 22nd-ranked Babson College men's golf team posted a score of 316 and sits in fourth place after round one at the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club on Thurday.
Despite recording their highest total of the year on the challenging par-71, 6,738-yard Gold Course, the Beavers are just five shots behind defending champions University of Mary Washington, which finished at 311. York College (Pa.) is in second at 314, while Christopher Newport University sits third at 315.
First-year Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) recorded the team's low round of the day with a 5-over 76 that has him in fourth place just two shots behind David Rabil of Christopher Newport. He made three birdies, four bogeys and a pair of double bogeys in his opening round.
Senior Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) grabbed a share of fifth place after opening with a 6-over 77 that included 12 pars, while first-year Burt Gesner (Severna Park, Md.) is tied for 12th position at 9-over par after carding a first round 80. Junior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) made the only eagle of the day at the 485-yard par 5 sixth hole, but struggled on the back nine to finish at 12-over after carding an 83.
Sophomore Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) rounded out the squad by shooting an 84 on Thursday.
Babson returns to Golden Horseshoe GC for round two of the 54-hole championship on Friday beginning at 11:10 a.m.
• The Beavers, who won four straight NECC titles from 2014-17, made their CAC Championship debut on Thursday.
• The average score in round one was 84.37 and only one hole, the 485-yard par-5 18th played less than a half-stroke over par.
• Babson's 316 team score on Thursday is its highest since finishing at 318 in the final round of the UMass Dartmouth Invitational back on April 14, 2018.
• The first round leader has gone on to win 10 of the first 11 CAC Championships with the lone exception being 2010 when York won after trailing by a shot entering the second round.