Rothwell Fires 2-under par 70 as Beavers Build Eight Shot Lead Over Nationally-Ranked Trinity
NEWINGTON, Conn.—First-year Jackson Rothwell (Victoria, British Columbia) shot a 2-under par 70 in his collegiate debut to help the Babson College men's golf team take an eight-shot lead after round one at the Trinity College Bill Detrick Invitational on Saturday.
The Beavers posted an even-par total of 288 at Indian Hill Country Club, while the host Bantams, ranked 17th in the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA)/Bushnell Division III preseason poll, are second with an 8-over total of 296. Tufts University is third at 299, Amherst College (300) is one shot behind the Jumbos in fourth, and Western New England University (312) is a distant fifth.
Rothwell holds a one-shot lead over Ricardo Paes Leme of Trinity and Will Lonquist of Amherst after matching the lowest known debut round in Babson history. Senior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) and first-year Sean Fitzgerald (West Newton, Mass.) are both tied for fourth place at even par after shooting 72 in the opening round, while sophomore Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) is just four shots off the pace in a tie for ninth position after carding a 2-over 74 on Saturday.
Final round play at Indian Hill CC begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
• Rothwell's round of 70 matched both junior Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) and Riley Whitham '19 as Babson's lowest score in a collegiate debut going back to 1992.
• Rothwell's 70 matches Brian Eger's '11 score at Blackledge CC in 2010 as the Beavers' lowest in program history at the Bill Detrick Invitational.
• Babson won both the 2009 and 2010 Bill Detrick Invitational titles and held the first round lead on both occasions.
• The Beavers' 288 team score is their lowest since shooting a 2-under 286 in the opening round of the NECC Championship at Wachusett CC on September 30, 2017.