The Dean College golf team will take part in the 2017 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Golf Championship this weekend. The two-day event will determine the team champion as well as all-conference accolades and the annual major awards presented by the conference.
The championship will be a collaboration of the best four scores of the five golfers playing for each team during the two days of play. Both days are scheduled to tee off at 11:00 AM.
Babson, an affiliate member of the NECC in men's golf, has won three straight championships and five of the nine championship crowns that have been handed out since the first one was awarded in 2008. Along with Babson's five, Springfield College and Elms College have each won two.
The tournament will take place at the Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston, Mass. Designed by famed course architect Donald Ross, the 6,567-yard layout is a par-72 course that features a 518-yard par five second hole.
This tournament will just be the third this season for the Bulldogs. They claimed the season-opening Dean Invitational on Sunday and then finished 11th overall at the Brett Williams Invitational hosted by Westfield State on Tuesday.
Kyle Bemis (Mansfield, Mass.) kicked off his senior campaign with bang on Sunday leading the Bulldogs to a team title at the Dean Invitational by finishing first with an 18-hole score of 82. During his round, Bemis made par on ten holes including a stretch on the back nine where he made five of six and three in a row.
I Know Where We Stand
Michael McAuliffe (Dunstable, Mass.) has had two solid rounds so far this season. He carded an 84 (+13) in Sunday's Dean Invitational and then followed that up with an 83 (+11) in Tuesday's Brett Williams Invitational.
Freshman Charlie Banks (Hanover, Mass.) fared extremely well in his first collegiate round on Sunday. He posted a round of 86 – good for a fourth place finish and was the lone first-year on the course amongst the two teams.
Look Who Is Back
The aforementioned Beavers return a host of experience, including reigning individual champion Chris Bornhorst, who shot a one-under par 143 to win the tournament a season ago. That gives Babson three student-athletes – Bornhorst, Ian Notkin and Riley Whitham – who have all won both the NECC Player and Rookie of the Year during their careers.