Men's golf second after first day at NESCAC championship qualifier

Milan Matneja '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Milan Matneja '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College came out firing on the first day of the NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, Conn., on Saturday.

The Continentals posted a four-man team score of 292 in the opening round of the two-day, 36-hole tournament. Trinity College leads the way at 291, Middlebury College is third at 293 and Williams College is fourth at 299. The first Hamilton player tees off at 12:04 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Hamilton's Milan Matneja '22 had the shot of the day as he aced the par-3 seventh hole with a 4-iron. Matneja went on to card a 1-under 71 and is tied for second place out of 50 golfers. Jack Habeeb '22 and Tom Graham '21 are tied for fifth place with 1-over 73s -- Graham's 73 is a collegiate best. Jeremy Benjamin '19 is tied for 14th with a 75. Eight of Benjamin's nine rounds this fall have been in the 70s.

The top four teams and the four individuals with the best scores who are not from those teams advance to the 2019 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship in late April. The team that finishes in first place at the qualifier will earn the right to host the championship in the spring. The team that captures the NESCAC title earns an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship. The Continentals are aiming to return to the conference championship for the first time since 2016.