Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's golf team, which hosted and won both the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Fall Qualifier and the NESCAC Championship titles this season, earned the conference's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The four-day, 42-team event will be held at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. from Tuesday, May 15 to Friday, May 18. The Bantams, coached by Matt Greason (5th Season), will be making their second appearance in the NCAA Championships, having first qualified in 2010 as NESCAC Champion when the tournament took place in Hershey, Pa.
Trinity junior Will Rosenfield (Baltimore, Md.) shot the second day's lowest round of 69 and tied senior teammate Kole Kelly (Belmont, Mass.) for medalist honors with identical scores of 145 to lead the Bantams to the 2018 NESCAC title on April 28 and 29 at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Conn. Trinity trailed Amherst by two strokes after Saturday's play but shot 16 strokes better than the Mammoths on Sunday to finish at 291 and 594 for the weekend. Bantam sophomore Cameron Chottiner (Houston, Texas) came in eighth place at 152, while junior Taylor Kay-Green (Needham, Mass.) tied for ninth at 153, and senior captain Nate Choukas (Hanover, N.H.) was 12th with a 155 (77+78).
Trinity, which had won the fall qualifier by 20 strokes, were the NESCAC Championship Runners-Up in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017 and won the league title in 2010. 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 region. This spring, Trinity also won the Westport Hampton Inn Invitational in Dartmouth, Mass. and the Williams Spring Opener. Trinity won its Bill Detrick Invitational and the Williams College Invitational during the 2017 fall season. Coach Greason, also Trinity's men's ice hockey coach, was selected as the 2017-18 NESCAC Men's Golf Coach of the Year.
Any Bantam is capable of leading the squad on any given day, as Rosenfield, Kelly, Choukas, and Kay-Green have each earned individual medalist honors in tournaments this season. Rosenfield, who owns a scoring average of 73.3, was named as the NESCAC Player of the Year and as a semifinalist for the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Division Jack Nicklaus Award (National Plyer of the Year) this spring. He joined Choukas and Kelly on the 2018 All-NESCAC First Team, and Kay-Green graced the All-NESCAC Second Team. Rosenfield repeats on the all-league squad, while Choukas and Kay-Green are both three-time, All-NESCAC honorees, Choukas was the 2014-15 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, and Kelly won individual medalist honors by shooting 143 in the NESCAC Fall Qualifier.