West Boylston, Mass. – Making their New England Collegiate Championship (NECC) debut, Dean College shot its way to fourth place after the first day of the championship on Saturday morning at the Wachusett Country Club.
Senior Austin McCreary (Northampton, Mass.) is in the midst of the leaderboard after carding a first round 79 (+7), good for tenth place after making 11 pars on the day.
Babson (286) seems destined to claim their fourth straight conference crown with four of the top five spots, including tournament leader Chris Bornhorst, who is sitting at three under par. He is followed by teammate Reed Wilson who is only one stroke behind at two under and fellow Beaver Martin Jensen at one over par.
They are followed by Springfield College (312), Elms (324) and then Dean (333), while Becker (347), Mitchell (348) and Eastern Nazarene (375) round out the field.
The surprise of the tournament thus far has to be the play of Bulldog freshman Charlie Banks (Hanover, Mass.). Playing in just his second career tournament, he is sitting in 13th place overall at +9.
Chris DeLuca (Raritan, N.J.) is faring well, just two strokes behind Banks with a +11 first round.
The final round will tee off tomorrow at 11:00 AM.