Men's golf in the running at NESCAC championship qualifier

Joe Tigani '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Joe Tigani '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

Hamilton College is in fourth place out of 10 teams after the first day of the NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Conn., on Saturday.

The 36-hole event concludes on Sunday, Oct. 1. Only the top four teams and the top four individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the 2018 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship in the spring. Hamilton's four-man team score was 321 but Amherst (322) and Middlebury (324) are fighting with the Continentals for that fourth spot. Trinity, which is hosting the event, leads the way at 299. Williams is second at 304 and Tufts is third at 314.

Hamilton's Joe Tigani '18 carded a 3-over 75 on the 6,513-yard layout and is tied for fourth place out of 50 golfers. Tigani, who leads the Continentals with a 75.38 stroke average entering the weekend, has shot in the 70s in all nine of his rounds this fall.

Jeremy Benjamin '19 is tied for 13th place with a 78. Benjamin was the only other Hamilton player under 80 in Saturday's first round. Seven of his nine rounds have been in the 70s this fall.

The Continentals will start teeing off at 11:50 a.m. on Sunday with players from Trinity, Williams and Tufts.