Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's golf team, which hosted and won the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Fall Qualifier, earned the right to host this weekend's NESCAC Championship Tournament with that victory. The 2010 NESCAC Champion Bantams will welcome Amherst College, Tufts University, and Williams College for the two-day, four-team event, which will be held at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Conn. on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. The winner of the NESCAC title earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in May. The teams will tee off at 11 a.m. on both days, and results will be available at the end of each day at NESCAC.com.
Under under the direction of Head Coach Matt Greason (5th Season), Trinity won the fall qualifier by 20 strokes and are hosting the championship rounds for the first time since 2013 and third time overall. Trinity won the NESCAC Qualifier in 2007 and 2012 and hosted the Championships in 2008 and 2013. The Bantams, who are in the NESCAC Championship for a league-best 11th consecutive year, were the NESCAC Championship Runners-Up in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017 and won the league title in 2010. Williams College won last year's NESCAC title and has been in the tournament in 10 of the last 11 seasons. Amherst has reached the NESCAC Championships in four of the last five years, and Tufts is making its inaugural appearance in the event. The Bantams have been ranked as high as No. 24 nationally Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) poll, and are the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division III Northeast Region, while the Williams Ephs are No. 6 in the region.
The Bantams, were led by senior Kole Kelly (Belmont, Mass.) and junior Will Rosenfield (Baltimore, Md.) at the qualifier. Kelly fired a 68 on the second day of the qualifier to earn medalist honors with a two-day total of 143 (75-68). Rosenfield followed with 67 on day two, matching the lowest score of the tournament, and finished with a total of 144 (77-67). During the spring season, Trinity won the Westport Hampton Inn Invitational in Dartmouth, Mass. Rosenfield was the individual runner-up following rounds of 72 and 75 to finish with a score of 147 to lead the Bantams. Sophomore Cameron Chottiner (Houston, Texas) added a fourth-place finish (83-74-150). The Bantams also won the Williams Spring Invitational in their final tournament before the NESCAC Championships. All six Trinity golfers finished among the top-10 individuals as the Bantams were nine strokes better than the field at Williams. Rosenfield led the team and was the runner-up for the second straight tournament with a score of 150 (76-74). Senior captain Nate Choukas (Hanover, N.H.) tied for fourth with scores of 151 each. Choukas (2015 & 2016) and Rosenfield (2016 & 2017) are both two-time All-NESCAC golfers, while junior Taylor Kay-Green (Needham, Mass.) earned the honor in 2016 and classmate Jack Junge (Winnetka, Ill.) was an all-league honoree in 2016-17.