Men's golf punches ticket to 2020 NESCAC Championship

Jack McKeon '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Jack McKeon '22 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals finished in third place out of 10 teams at the 13th NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier in Wayland, Mass., on Sunday.

Hamilton advanced to the 2020 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship, which will be held at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass., on April 25 and 26. The Continentals have finished in the top four at the qualifier and moved on to the spring championship nine times since 2007.

The 36-hole qualifier was played at Sandy Burr Country Club and hosted by Tufts University for the first time. Hamilton was in fourth place after the first round with a four-man team score of 299, but the Continentals moved up a spot thanks to a team score of 296 on Sunday. Williams College, which received votes in the latest Division III Top 25 coaches poll, captured first place with a tournament total of 586 and earned the right to host the championship in the spring. Tufts was runner-up at 588 and was followed by Hamilton at 595 and nationally ranked No. 22 Trinity College at 597.

Jack McKeon '22 and Billy Geach '23 led the Continentals as they tied for fifth place out of 49 golfers at 3-over 147. McKeon carded a 74 on Saturday, posted a career-best 73 in the final round and shattered his previous 36-hole record. Geach -- playing in his first collegiate tournament -- led Hamilton with a 1-over 73 in the first round and added a 74 on Sunday.

Jack Habeeb '22 tied for 18th place with a two-day total of 151 (75-76). All eight of Habeeb's rounds have been under 80 this fall. Jason Healy '22 and Brent Schoeller '21 tied for 22nd place one shot behind Habeeb. Healy opened with a 78 and moved up nine spots by carding a 74 on Sunday. Schoeller recorded scores of 77 and 75 and extended his streak of rounds in the 70s to six.

The Continentals wrap up the fall season with the Ekwanok Tournament at Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vt., on Tuesday, Oct. 15.