SARATOGA SPRINGS, N,.Y.—Junior Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) matched his low round of the season with a 68 to help the Babson College golf team take the first round lead at the Saratoga National Invitational at Saratoga National Golf Club on Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers posted a 1-under team total of 287 and is three shots clear of second-place Rensselaer, which finished the day at 290. Williams is third after shooting 291, NYU (295) sits fourth, and Rochester and Skidmore are tied for fifth at 296.
Gianelos, who is one shot off the lead, was even through 12 holes before putting together a stretch of four straight birdies beginning on the par-5 13th hole. He made seven birdies in all on the day and will enter Sunday's final round just one shot behind the individual leader, Joey Burlison of NYU.
Senior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) is tied for sixth place just four shots off the lead after firing a 1-under 71 on Saturday. He birdied the seventh and ninth holes to get to 2-under par, and then made his final birdie of the day on the 16th after giving back two shots early in the back nine.
Junior Reed Wilson (Redlands, Calif.) grabbed a share of 13th place after opening with a 1-over 73 that included 15 pars. First-year Jackson Rothwell (Victoria, British Columbia) made four birdies over his first 10 holes to get to 1-under, but made four bogeys over the final eight holes and settled for a 3-over 75 in round one.
Sophomore Burt Gesner (Severna Park, Md.) rounded out the squad with a first round 81 and is tied for 40th place at 9-over.
Babson begins final round play at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
• The Beavers' score of 287 is their best in three rounds at Saratoga National GC after posting 298-292 on the way to winning last year's event.
• Saturday's round marked the third time this season that Gianelos has shot 68.
• Bornhorst has recorded at least one round under par in four consecutive tournaments going back to September 14-15 at Middlebury.
• Wilson's round of 73 is his best since posting a 1-over 72 in the second round of the 2017 Tim Brown Invitational.