MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—First-year Jackson Rothwell (Victoria, British Columbia) is tied for the lead and senior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) sits one shot behind him as the Babson College men's golf team is just two shots off the pace in third place after round one at the Duke Nelson Invitational at Ralph Myhre Golf Club.
The host Panthers and NYU are tied for first with a 7-over par total of 291, two shots ahead of the Beavers, who posted a 9-over 293 total on Saturday. Johnson & Wales is fourth at 302, while Williams and Manhattanville are tied for fifth at 304.
Rothwell fired a season-best 2-under 69 and sits atop the individual leaderboard with Ryan Zogby of Western New England. Bornhorst is one of two players just a shot behind him in third place as eight different players will begin Sunday's second round within three strokes of the lead.
Sophomore Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) is tied for 18th place after shooting a 4-over 75 in the opening round. First-years Sean Fitzgerald (West Newton, Mass.) and Spencer Crowe (Lake Forest, Ill.), who was making his collegiate debut, shot 79 and 80, respectively, for Babson.
The Beavers return to Ralph Myhre GC for Sunday's final round beginning at 9 a.m.
• Saturday marked the first time Babson had two players shoot under par in the same round since 2017 when Bornhorst and junior Reed Wilson (Redlands, Calif.) posted scores of 69 and 70 in the opening day of the NECC Championship.
• Rothwell's 69 is the best round by a Babson golfer at Middlebury since full records were kept beginning in 1992.
• The Beavers have now broken 300 in five straight rounds at Ralph Myhre GC going back to 2017.