Hamilton College is in second place out of 10 teams after the first round of the NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass., on Saturday.


The Continentals are trying to advance to the NESCAC championship for the seventh time in nine years. If Hamilton finishes in the top four after Sunday's final round, then they will play for the 2016 NESCAC Championship in the spring. The winner of the qualifier hosts the NESCAC championship.

After round one, Middlebury College is in the driver's seat to host the championship. The Panthers posted a four-man team score of 300, followed by the Continentals at 312. Trinity College is next at 314 and Amherst College holds down the fourth spot with a 316. Host Williams is on the outside looking in with a 323.

Hamilton's Bayard Geeslin '16 and Jeremy Benjamin '19 were tied for fifth place out of 50 golfers with 5-over-par rounds of 76 on a cold and windy day in northwestern Massachusetts. Benjamin's 76 is the best 18-hole round in his collegiate career so far. Joe Tigani '18 added a 78 and is tied for 11th place. All nine of Tigani's rounds this fall have been in the 70s.

The Continentals tee off at 11 a.m. with golfers from Middlebury, Trinity and Amherst on Sunday, Oct. 4.

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