Nicholasville, Ky. - Senior tri-captain Will Rosenfield (Baltimore, Md.) fired a 300 over four rounds to finish 27th overall and lead the Trinity College Bantams to a best-ever 10th place in the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at Keene Trace Golf Club. Trinity shot a 302 today and finished at 1209 (+57) for the tournament, which was two strokes behind ninth-place Hope and seven better than 11th-place Carnegie Mellon. Illinois Wesleyan won the tournament with with a team score of 1174 (+22). Rosenfield and fellow senior tri-captain Jack Junge (Lincolnshire, Ill.), who tied for 39th overall at 304, both fired a 73 in today's round, while senior tri-captain Taylor Kay-Green (Needham, Mass.), senior Nick Branchina (Summit, N.J.), and sophomore Ricardo Paes Leme (Lake Villa, Ill.) each shot a 78 today on the Champion Trace course. Trinity had not made the cut in its first two appearances in the NCAA Championships, including last season's 34th-place finish.
"These guys gave it everything they had," said Trinity Head Coach Matt Greason. "This was a grueling tournament on difficult courses yet we never lost our way and we stayed together and played for each other the entire week. They should be very proud of their top-10 finish."
Trinity got off to a tremendous start in the tournament on Tuesday, as Branchina and Rosenfield each shot a one-under 71 on the Champion Trace Course to tie five others for sixth place and the Bantams earned third place at 209, just three behind first-place Illinois Wesleyan. Branchina birdied two holes with a bogey on the front nine and followed up a birdie and a bogey on the 10th and 11th holes with seven-straight pars to finish with a 71. Rosenfield had three birdies and one bogey on the first nine holes and recovered from a double bogey on the par-five, 11th hole to finish the last seven holes with six pars plus a birdie on the 14th hole. Leme shot two-over on the first nine holes, and birdied two holes with one bogey on the second nine holes. Kay-Green and Junge shot a 75 and an 80, respectively, on Tuesday.
"This group just always plays for each other, and that's what makes them so special," said Greason after Tuesday's opening round. "Today was no different and we hope to carry that momentum into the remainder of the tournament."
Trinity found itself tied with Methodist and Oglethorpe in fifth place after Wednesday's round on the Keene Run Course, easily making the cut from 42 teams to 18 with 20 strokes to spare despite finishing 18 strokes higher than Tuesday's round with a team score of 308. Junge improved five strokes from Tuesday to Wednesday with a team-low score of 75 on his second day, while Rosenfield and Leme both shot a 77 on Wednesday. Junge shot a one-under 35 on the back nine, including five pars and two birdies on the last seven holes. Kay-Green shot a 79 and Branchina shot an 80 on their first round on the Keene Run Course.
The Bantams were fired a 309 on Thursday to bring its three-day total to 907, and were ninth in the team standings. Branchina and Junge each carded a 76 back on the Champion Trace Course, while Kay-Green shot a 78, Rosenfield shot a 79, and Leme had an 80. Branchina and Junge finished with a two-over 38 both the front nine and back nine. Branchina closed his round with consecutive birdies and Junge had a par of seven holes on the back nine. In today's round, Rosenfield birdied five holes but bogeyed two and had a triple bogey on the 17th hole before rallying to finish with his fifth birdie on the par-three 18th green. Junge was four-over after 13 holes but birdied the 14th, 16th, and 18th holes to finished at one-over.
"These seniors have accomplished so much in their four years," added Greason. "They will be missed but their legacy of hard work, determination and camaraderie will leave a lasting impression on the program."