Newington, Conn. - Trinity senior Kole Kelly (Belmont, Mass.) turned in a two-day 143 to lead the men's golf team to a first-place finish at the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men's Golf Championship Qualifier at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington. The Bantams shot a 283 on Sunday to finish at 582, 20 strokes ahead of second place Williams, to claim the top spot and earn the honor of hosting the spring championship for the first time since 2013.
Kelly earned medalist honors after shooting 75 on Saturday and 68 on Sunday. His Sunday score was second to junior teammate Will Rosenfield (Baltmore, Md.), who fired a 67 to tie with Amherst sophomore Cameron Clark for the day's best score. Rosenfield finished second among the 50-player field while senior captain Nate Choukas (Hanover, N.H.) shot a 74 on Saturday and 73 on Sunday to finished tied for third at 147.
Williams, Tufts and Amherst will join Trinity at the championship in April. Williams' two-day team score was 602, Tufts followed with a score of 617 and Amherst rounded out the top four qualifiers with a team score of 621. Tufts qualifies for the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history while Amherst shot a second-day 299 to edge Hamilton for the last qualifying spot after finishing fifth after Saturday's round. Hamilton finished at 625, just four shots behind the Mammoths, for fifth-place.
Bantam sophomore Cameron Chottiner (Houston, Texas) played steady all weekend, finishing seventh with a 74 on Saturday and 75 on Sunday. Junior Taylor Kay-Green (Needham, Mass.) rounded out Trinity's scoring with a 159. In addition to the four qualifying teams, the top four individual scores outside of the qualifying teams are eligible to compete in the NESCAC Championship in April. The top four individuals were senior Joe Tigani and junior Jeremy Benjamin of Hamilton and sophomre Jeffrey Giguere and senior Bennett Doherty of Middlebury.