BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off a record-setting 2018-19 campaign that included breaking into the national rankings for the first time, the Babson College men's golf program is looking to continue its ascent in 2019-20.
TAKING A LOOK BACK
Under the direction of head coach Jeff Page, the Beavers finished outside the top five just once in nine tournaments and won four times, which includes finishing as co-champions in their first visit to the Royal Lakes-Oglethorpe Invitational last October. That victory propelled the program into the national rankings and was the first of four consecutive tournament titles from October-March. The lone disappointment for the Green and White in 2018-19 was missing the NCAA Championship after suffering a one-shot defeat in its CAC Championship debut in April.
UP TO THE CHALLENGE
Page, who enters his seventh season in charge of the program, returns his top four scorers and eight players overall from a squad that posted a school-best 299.00 scoring average last year.
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) earned his third straight Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA)/PING all-region honor last spring after finishing second on the team with a 74.63 stroke average. He enters the 2019-20 season just six rounds short of Bryan Eger's '11 record of 63, and ranks second on Babson's career scoring list with a 74.43 average.
KEEPING IT STEADY
Junior Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) has played in all but one event over his first two years at Babson and has shot 75 or better in 19 of 37 competitive rounds for the Beavers. He posted eight top-20 finishes in nine tournaments last season, and was third on the team with a 75.79 stroke average.
READY TO RUN IT BACK
Sophomores Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) and Burt Gesner (Severna Park, Md.) are both looking to continue their strong play following terrific rookie campaigns. Gianelos led the Beavers with a 74.26 stroke average on the way to earning all-conference and all-region honors, while Gesner finished fourth on the team in scoring (76.67) and garnered first-team all-league honors at the CAC Championship last April.
RETURN TO FORM
Senior Martin Jensen (Bronxville, N.Y.) and junior Reed Wilson (Redlands, Calif.) both missed large portions of last season after earning all-conference honors in 2017-18. Jensen, who owns 77.14 career stroke average, played in just two events after studying abroad during the fall semester, while Wilson spent much of the fall rehabbing an injury. He owns a 76.52 career scoring average after shooting 77 or better in three of five tournament rounds last year.
READY FOR THEIR SHOT
Senior Ross Rabin (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) and first-year William Lowenstein (Winchester, Mass.) both saw limited action in their first seasons with the program, but are looking to break into the lineup this fall. Rabin's low round of 78 came in the second round of Trinity's Bill Detrick Invitational last September, while Lowenstein made his collegiate debut with an 81 at Blackstone National Golf Club back in April.
VOTE OF CONFIDENCE
Despite not being ranked in the CGAA/Bushnell Division III preseason poll, the Green and White totaled the fourth most points of the 27 programs outside the top 25 to receive votes.
FAST START TO FALL
The Beavers open at nationally-ranked Trinity on September 7 and will face the top teams in New England over three straight weekends, which includes trips to Middlebury on September 14-15 and Williams on September 21-22. Babson will travel to Oglethorpe for the second year in a row to begin October and will close the fall portion of its schedule with a two-day event in Jupiter, Fla.