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Mac Pivirotto '15 and Gipper Gailor '15 lead the Hamilton College men's golf program into 2014-15. The two seniors and Greg Reeves '17 are the lone returners on the roster from last season. Pivirotto made the NESCAC all-conference team in 2012 and ranked second on the team with a 78.6 scoring average last season. The Continentals are set to host the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship Qualifier at The Skenandoa Club in Clinton this fall for the second time. Hamilton also hosted the first qualifier back in 2007.

The 2015 conference championship field is filled by the top four teams from the qualifier. The school that finishes first at Skenandoa hosts the championship in late April, and the winner of that receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championship. Five NESCAC programs, including Hamilton, have competed as a team in the NCAA championship. The Continentals finished in 19th place at Taconic Golf Course in Williamstown, Mass., in 1999. The 2015 NCAA event is in Greensboro, N.C., from May 12 to May 15.

In addition to the NESCAC event, Hamilton plays 36-hole tournaments at Middlebury College, Williams College and St. Lawrence University in the fall. The Continentals practice at the private, 18-hole Skenandoa Club just one mile from campus. The team has traveled south to PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., during spring break in recent years.

Greg Scott '14 just wrapped up one of the most successful careers in Hamilton men's golf history. Scott made the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Division III Northeast Region all-region team four times and earned a spot on the NESCAC all-conference team three out of four years. His 18-hole stroke average in 2013-14 was 75.38 for 16 rounds. Out of eight tournaments, Scott finished in the top three on three occasions and ended up in the top 10 five times. In 2011 he was placed on the GCAA All-Freshman Team and was a All-America third team selection. Scott's 18-hole stroke average was 74.7 for 21 rounds. His 67 in the first round at the SUNY Oswego Spring Invitational tied a program record and his 139 for 36 holes at that tournament is believed to be another team record.

In 2012, Scott was one of three Hamilton players who finished in the top 14 as he tied for 11th place. Pivirotto ended up in sixth place and made the all-conference first team, and Matt Yung '16 tied for 11th place and captured the NESCAC rookie of the year award. The Continentals finished third as a team at the qualifier and advanced to the NESCAC championship for the fifth time. Scott and Carter White '14 earned spots on the 2011 all-conference team.

Men's golf has been a varsity sport at Hamilton since 1930. The program emerged as one of the strongest in the Northeast during the 1990s. Four individuals, including Brian Williams '04 in 2004, have participated in the NCAA championship since 1989. Three players have earned All-America status including Scott in 2011, Steve Elkins '90 in 1990 and H. Ward Wettlaufer '59, who was a two-time honoree in 1958 and 1959.

The Continentals captured NESCAC championship titles in 1990, 1998 and 2003. In the past 14 years, 16 Hamilton players have earned a total of 26 all-conference selections. Phil Preiss '10 was the 2009 player of the year -- the third time a Hamilton golfer claimed the award during that decade. In 2003, Williams was player of the year for the second straight year and Chris Pike '07 was rookie of the year.

Brad Roche '11 was a two-time all-region selection and a three-time member of the NESCAC all-conference team, including a pair of first-team honors. Roche finished second in the 2007 NESCAC qualifier and captured the rookie of the year award. Roche made the all-region team in 2008 and 2009 and was selected to the 2008 Division III all-freshman team.

Exceptional academic performance has always been a staple of the men's golf program. Chris Bousquet '16 made the 2013 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing. Dave Christie '09, Jeff Corbett '09 and Mike Hayes '08 were GCAA Division III All-America scholars in 2008 and Corbett made the list again in 2009.