Gianelos, Gesner, Whitham Collect All-CAC Honors as Beavers Finish One Shot Behind York
WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—Despite putting together its best round of the weekend, the 22nd-ranked Babson College men's golf team finished one shot behind York College in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club on Saturday.
The Beavers, who entered the day eight shots behind second round leader University of Mary Washington, posted the low round of the day at 298 and finished with a 54-hole total of 913 to come in just one stroke behind the Spartans. York shot 299 in each of the final two rounds to claim its first CAC title since 2013 with a three-day total of 912.
Defending champion Mary Washington, which led after each of the first two days, came in third at 917, while Christopher Newport University finished fourth at 928.
Casey Leebrick of York took medalist honors by three shots finishing at 4-over 217. Babson first-years Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) and Burt Gesner (Severna Park, Md.) both earned All-CAC first-team honors, while senior Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) was named to the second team thanks to his ninth-place finish.
Gianelos, who was tied for second after 36 holes, closed with a 7-over 78 on Saturday. Starting on the 10th hole, he made three birdies, the last coming on the par-5 sixth hole, but gave back four shots over his final three holes to finish the weekend tied for fourth place at 13-over 226.
Gesner turned in the top round of the day for Babson with a 1-over par 72. He birdied his second hole, the par-4 11th, and made 14 pars and just two bogeys over the final 16 holes to tie for sixth place with a 54-hole total of 14-over 227.
Whitham, who tied for second in the 25-man field with 33 pars during the tournament, closed with a 6-over round of 77 that helped him post a 54-hole total of 16-over 229. Junior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) carded a 76 on Saturday and grabbed a share of 13th place at 23-over 236, while sophomore Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) shot a 2-over 73 and came in 17th at 26-over 239.
After struggling over the first two rounds, Bohman made a pair of early birdies and played his first 11 holes in 1-under par. He gave back four shots on the third and fourth holes, but recovered to birdie the short par-3 8th hole.
Babson, which is currently ranked second in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic regional rankings, will have to wait to see if it receives one of nine at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Championship.
• Gesner tied for the most pars by any player in the 35-man field with 34, while Bohman was one of three players to finish at a tournament-best 2-under on the par 5s at Golden Horseshoe GC.
• Gianelos led all players with 10 birdies in the 54-hole event.
• Whitham's all-conference honor was his first since claiming NECC Player and Rookie of the Year accolades as a first-year back in 2015.
• The day-three scoring average was 81.57 and the tournament average was 82.23.