James Fifer ’14
Trinity College men’s golf had a great weekend, winning the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Golf Championship Qualifying Tournament for the first time since 2007.
The tournament was a two-day event with 36 holes at the Hickory Ridge Golf Club located in Amherst Massachusetts featuring all 10 NESCAC schools. Trinity College beat second place Williams by 15 with their total score of 607. The top four teams in the qualifier go on to play in the NESCAC tournament that will take place in April, hosted by Trinity College. Aside from Trinity these top four teams were Williams College with a score of 607, Hamilton College, which had 611 and Middlebury College with 613. Trinity College’s win was led by Greg Palmer ’15 from Connecticut, who shot a tournament best 147 which culminated in a 71 the second day, the best score for either round over the entire tournament. The tournament appeared to be very close after just the first round; Trinity was beating Hamilton College by a mere two strokes, 306-304, after everyone on the Bantams shot a 76, excluding Jack Palley ’13 who shot a 79. The second day Trinity College extended their lead with a score of 288, as Hamilton dropped to third place in the tournament. All five Trinity College men’s players did exceptionally well; with no one placing worse than seventh place in the entire tournament, they were the only team to have every player place in the top ten best scores. William Burchill ’15 and Nick Buenaventura ’15 both had the second best score in the tournament with a 148 and were seemingly intent on matching the other point for point as they both shot 76 the first day and 72 the second. The other two Bantams, Palley and Don Hunt ’15 both got the 7th best score in the tournament with a 152. Amherst College, who were hosting the qualifier, tried to make a comeback on the second day, but they just fell short coming in fifth place with a 628 and thus ineligible for the tournament in April.
Trinity College golf has experienced recent success in the NESCAC tournament, qualifying for it for the past five years in a row, winning their first NESCAC Championship title in 2010 and being the Runners-Up in 2006, 2009, and 2011. Palmer also joins a select group of individuals with his first place position in the tournament; he joins six other Bantams who have won over the past eight years, including teammate Palley, who came in first in the qualifier last year. Trinity College golf looks to build on their momentum next week with a game versus Connecticut College at the Ellington Ridge Country Club. Trinity will be considered the favorites to win the NESCAC championships this spring.