Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College golf team, in its fourth season under Head Coach Matt Greason, had another great year on the links in the 2016-17 season. The Bantams won three events in the fall and spring and finished second in four more while finishing in a tie for first-place at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Qualifier Tournament in the fall, and a tie for second-place at the NESCAC Championship Tournament in May.
Sophomores Joseph Ladd (San Francisco, Calif.) and Will Rosenfield (Baltimore, Md.) tied for first place with two-day scores of 144 apiece to lead the Bantams to the Bill Detrick Golf Invitational title in the first tournament of the fall, hosted by the Bantams at Indian Hill Country Club. Trinity's A group totaled 295 on Saturday and 293 on Sunday for a weekend score of 588 to win by 19 strokes over second-place Williams.
At the Duke Nelson Golf Invitational at Middlebury College's Ralph Myhre Course, Rosenfield finished fifth with a two-day score of 146, as Trinity improved 16 strokes on its day one score with a Sunday tally of 295 to jump from ninth to third in the team standings. The Bantams continued their momentum into the Williams Invitational in late-September where senior captain Cameron O'Connell (Williston, Vt.) and sophomore Rosenfield tied for sixth with identical scores of 149 to lead the squad to a runner-up finish. Both O'Connell and Rosenfield shot a 73 on Saturday and a 76 on Sunday, while sophomore Jack Junge (Lincolnshire, Ill.) improved his score six strokes from Saturday to Sunday with a 73 today to tie for 12th at 152 for the weekend.
At the NESCAC Championship Qualifier in early October, Rosenfield turned in the lowest score of the day with a 68 to lead the Bantams to a first-place tie with Williams College. Just two points separated the top four teams, but Williams earned the right to host the spring tournament due to the lower score by its fifth player. Rosenfield improved five strokes from 72 to 68 to finish a single stroke from tying for medalist honors at 140. Junge fired a 71 on Saturday for the fifth-best score of the opening round and shot 73 on Sunday to finish tied for fourth place at 144. Rosenfield and Junge were each named to the 2016 All-NESCAC First Team for the their fine performances.
Trinity closed the fall portion of its schedule with a second-place finish at the Ekwanok College Tournament at the Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vermont. Sophomore Taylor Kay-Green (Needham, Mass.) and Rosenfield each fired a 76 to tie one other player for third place as Middlebury edged Trinity for the Sap Bucket after the Bantams took home the title a year ago.
Trinity kicked off the spring semester at the Towson University Spring Invitational at Prospect Bay Country Club in Maryland where the Bantams placed 16th out of 21 schools, including 17 Division I programs. Trinity, led by Junge who tied for 34th place with a two-day score of 152, was 35 strokes shy of first-place Elon and nine strokes better than Division II Indiana Universty (Pennsylvania) in 18th place.
The Bantams won the NYU Spring Golf Invitational title in early April behind Rosenfield's third-place score of 152. Junior Nate Choukas (Hanover, N.H.) shot eight strokes better on Sunday than on Saturday to climb to a tie for fifth place at 154. Trinity followed that with a second-place performance at the Williams Invitational the following weekend as junior Kole Kelly (Belmont, Mass.) finished second among individuals with a two under-par, two-day score of 140. In the team's final action before the NESCAC Championships, the Bantams won the Blazer Invitational as Rosenfield and Kay-Green both shot 72s to tie atop the leaderboard while first-year Cameron Chottiner (Houston, Texas) tied for fifth with a round of 74.
At the NESCAC Championship Tournament, Trinity shot 301 as a squad both Saturday and Sunday to total 602 and tie Middlebury for second. Williams ran away with the team title at 586, which was 16 strokes better than the Bantams and the Panthers. Rosenfield finished fifth behind four Williams College Ephs with a two-round score of 149 while Choukas tied for fourth on the leaderboard at 74 on Saturday and shot 76 Sunday to tie Kelly, who shot 75 both rounds, and two others for sixth place.
Rosenfield was named to the Ping Division III All-Northeast Region Team for the second year in a row thanks to his outstanding play during the season. Rosenfield also landed on the NESCAC All-Academic team, along with Choukas, Junge and O'Connell. Junge also represented the Bantams on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship squad as well.