Men's golf places 5th at NESCAC championship qualifier

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

Hamilton College finished in fifth place out of 10 teams at the NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier, which was held at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Conn., on Sunday.

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. The Continentals' Joe Tigani '18 and Jeremy Benjamin '19 are two of the four golfers who have qualified for the championship as individuals.

Hamilton was fourth after the first 18 holes on Saturday but the Continentals were passed by Amherst and slipped to fifth despite several excellent performances by Hamilton golfers in the final round. The Continentals ended up with a tournament total of 625, which was just four strokes behind the Mammoths. Trinity, which hosted the qualifier and finished in first place at 582, will now host the 2018 championship. Williams landed in second place 20 shots behind the Bantams and Tufts was third at 617.

Tigani fired an even-par 72 on Sunday and tied for third place out of 50 golfers with a season-best 36-hole total of 147. He entered the weekend with a 75.38 stroke average and has shot in the 70s in all 10 rounds this fall.

Benjamin followed up his 78 in the first round with a 77 on Sunday and finished in 13th place at 155. Eight of his 10 rounds have been in the 70s this fall.

Bobby Osborn '20 carded a 77 and Andrew Watson '19 added a 78 on the 6,513-yard layout as Hamilton posted a four-man team score of 304 in the final round. The Continentals' team score was 321 on Saturday.

The Hamilton men are off until the Ekwanok Tournament in Manchester, Vt., on Tuesday, Oct. 10.