Men's golf qualifies for 2019 NESCAC Championship

Tom Graham '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Tom Graham '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College finished in third place out of 10 teams at the NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, Conn., on Sunday.

The Continentals advance to the conference championship in the spring for the first time since 2016. The Hamilton men were in second place at 292 after the first day but fell back one place after a four-man team score of 300 in the final round. Middlebury captured first place with a tournament total of 587. Trinity was one shot back in second place followed by the Continentals (592) and then Tufts (595).

Middlebury, Trinity and Tufts will join Hamilton in the 2019 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship at Middlebury's Ralph Myhre Golf Course on April 27 and 28. The team that captures the NESCAC title earns an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship.

Tom Graham '21 led the Continentals on Sunday with a 3-under 69 and finished in second place out of 50 golfers with a 36-hole total of 2-under 142. Graham's score in the second round tied for the best round of the tournament and is his best at Hamilton.

Milan Matneja '22, who recorded a hole-in-one en route to a 71 on Saturday, added a 75 in the final round and tied for fourth place at 146. Matneja entered the weekend with an 18-hole stroke average of 75.00.

Jack Habeeb '22 carded a 76 on Sunday and tied for 11th place at 149. Eight of Habeeb's rounds have been in the 70s this fall and his worst score so far has been 80.

The Continentals wrap up the fall season with the Ekwanok Tournament at Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vt., on Tuesday, Oct. 9.