NORMAN, Okla.—For the first time in program history the Babson College men's golf team had two players earn all-region honors in the same season as junior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) and first-year Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) were named to the Division III Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA)/PING Mid-Atlantic team on Tuesday night.
Bornhorst and Gianelos were two of 15 players in the mid-atlantic and 98 players overall to garner all-region accolades after leading the 23rd-ranked Beavers to a second-place finish at the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship back in April. The all-region honor is the third in as many seasons for Bornhorst and the first for Gianelos.
The team leader with a 74.26 stroke average, Gianelos put together a tremendous rookie season that saw him finish under par twice and even par three more times in 19 competitive rounds. He recorded his first collegiate victory at the NYU Invitational in late March and earned all-conference honors after coming in fourth at the CAC Championship last month.
Overall, Gianelos recorded six top-10 results in nine events, and his 74.26 stroke average ranks second in single-season Babson history going back to 1991.
The only three-time all-region selection in program history, Bornhorst competed in all 19 rounds and posted a 74.36 stroke average that ranked second on the team. He finished under par three times, was even par in four rounds, and posted five top-seven results in nine events.
Bornhorst came in second at the season-opening Bill Detrick Invitational, was fourth at the Royal Lakes-Oglethorpe Invitational and Saratoga National Invitational in October, and tied for fifth at Skidmore's Tim Brown Invitational in April.
Babson, which has been nationally-ranked since winning three straight events in October, finished the season with a program-best 299.00 stroke average.