Men's golf places third at NESCAC championships

Hamilton College finished in third place at the four-team New England Small College Athletic Conference men's golf championships, which were held at Middlebury College's Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury, Vt., on April 25 and 26.

Hamilton's 36-hole team score was 616, which was three shots behind both host Middlebury and nationally ranked Trinity College. Williams College ended up fourth at 631. Middlebury earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships in May by virtue of the championship tie-breaker. Middlebury's fifth player had a better score than Trinity's.

The Continentals' four-man team score was 308 on both Saturday and Sunday. Hamilton was tied with Trinity for second place just two strokes back of Williams after the first round.

L.J. Scurfield '12 paced the Continentals with a two-day total of 152, which tied him for fourth place out of 20 golfers. Scurfield fired a 2-over-par 73 on the first day at the 6,315-yard layout.

Brad Roche '11 shot two rounds of 77 and finished sixth at 154. Kevin Osborne '09 carded a 77 on Sunday and tied for 10th place at 158. Scott Blosser '12 posted a 77 on Saturday and tied for 12th at 160. Jeff Corbett '09 recovered from a difficult first day to shoot 75, which was Hamilton's best round on the final day.

The four programs earned the right to play in the championships by finishing in the top four at the 2008 NESCAC Fall Qualifier, which was also held at Ralph Myhre GC.

The Continentals have reached the championships both years the NESCAC fall qualifier has been used. Hamilton was runner-up at the 2008 championships. The Continentals have won the title three times, including 1990, 1998 and most recently in 2003.

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