Men's golf finishes runner-up at NESCAC Championship

The Hamilton men's golf team and head coach Lauren Cupp pose with their 2019 NESCAC Championship runners-up plaque (Photo courtesy Middlebury College Athletic Communications).
The Hamilton men's golf team and head coach Lauren Cupp pose with their 2019 NESCAC Championship runners-up plaque (Photo courtesy Middlebury College Athletic Communications).

The Hamilton College Continentals finished in second place out of four teams at the 2019 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship played at Middlebury College's Ralph Myhre Golf Course on Sunday.

Hamilton's team score of 434 was just four shots behind nationally ranked No. 25 Trinity College. The Bantams earned the conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship in May. Middlebury ended up third at 439 and Tufts University was fourth at 467. The tournament was cut from 36 to 27 holes after Saturday's weather forced a four-hour delay and the teams just played the front nine.

The Continentals were in first place by a stroke over the hosts after Saturday and recorded an exceptional four-man team score of 290 on Sunday. Trinity, which was five shots back after the first day, put together a team score of 3-under 281 in the final round.

Sam Vogel '22 led Hamilton with a 1-under 70 and finished second out of 24 golfers at 106. Milan Matneja '22 carded a 1-over 72 and tied for third at 107. Jeremy Benjamin '19 and Jack Habeeb '22 posted 74s and Benjamin tied for ninth at 110. Bobby Osborn '20 tied his season best with a 76 and was two shots behind Habeeb at 113.

The Continentals' runner-up finish is their best in this event since 2008.