Golf places eighth at qualifier

On Saturday, Colby’s golf team traveled to Connecticut for the opening day of the NESCAC Fall qualifier. With five golfers competing for the Mules, Colby finished the day with a team score of 340, earning them an eighth place spot. They were only four strokes behind Maine rival Bates College, who have a score of 336. Leading the scoring for Colby were first-year Jack Griffith ’21 and Michael Broucek ’19. Griffith was noted as a golfer to watch by the NESCAC.

After the first day, tournament hosts Trinity College led the way with 299 points, with Williams and Tufts following closely behind in second and third place. The top four teams have the opportunity to advance to the 2018 NESCAC Men’s Golf Championship. Trinity earned the chance to host by finishing second in the 2016 fall qualifier. Colby’s golf team has finished outside the top five in the last four years, landing in ninth two years in a row and seventh the year before.

On Sunday, the second and final day of the tournament, emotions were high and the Mules had an air of energy. Improving on his score from Saturday, Griffith shot a 76 for the day, putting him at 18th place in individual scoring throughout the tournament. Broucek finished strong on Sunday as well, earning the 33rd spot, while teammate Elliot Snow ’21 finished in 29th. With a solid push on Sunday, the Colby golfers surpassed Bates to finish in seventh, two spots up from their ninth place finish last year. Four of Colby’s golfers finished on Sunday with an improved score from Saturday. 

Though the result does not earn them a spot in the championships in the spring, this was a result to feel confident about. The Mules flew past both Maine rivals Bates and Bowdoin, who finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Trinity finished the weekend on top, followed by Williams and Tufts. These three, along with Amherst as the fourth competitor, will advance to the spring championships. Amherst scraped their way into the top four with a strong showing on day two, recovering with a team score of 299 from a slower start on day one.

The season is quickly coming to a close for the golf team, as they play to beat the snow in the last three tournaments of the calendar year. The Mules will play at the Maine Maritime Academy Invitational in Augusta next weekend, and then “at home” the weekend after that – heading to Waterville Country Club for the Colby Classic.