Attleboro, Mass.- The 2017 New England Collegiate Conference Golf Championship, hosted by Becker College, will get underway on September 30th at Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston, Massachusetts. The final round will tee off on Sunday, October 1st.
This year, seven teams will vie for the title, with Dean College taking the place of the departed Daniel Webster College. Eastern Nazarene will also compete, though they will not qualify for any conference awards. Babson, Becker, Elms, Mitchell and Springfield will complete the field.
Babson will look to take home their fourth straight title, having returned all of their starters from 2016, including the NECC Player and Rookie of the Year, Chris Bornhorst. Also returning to their lineup is the 2015 NECC Player and Rookie of the Year Riley Whitham. Beavers' freshman Lane Bohman also comes in having won the past two NECC Golfer and Rookie of the Week awards.
Babson will battle Springfield College, who landed a second place finish at the NECC Championship in 2016. The Pride return their entire lineup from the 2016 season led by three All-NECC Second team members, sophomores Mike Strong and Doug Shane, as well as senior Travis Price.
The Elms College Blazers return their full lineup from last season, all of whom finished in the top 15 at the NECC Championship. The top finish for the Blazers was by junior Chris Soderberg, who earned All-NECC First Team honors. Rookie James Shalhoup will also look to play a part, as his strong performance earned him NECC Golfer and Rookie of the Week in week 1.
The Mitchell Mariners return their top three golfers from a season ago, and will look for sophomores Nick Knisel, Michael Izzo and senior David Eichelberg to lead the way. Becker College will start their season at the NECC Championship, and will look for senior MacGregor Howey to be in the mix.
New member of the NECC, Dean College, will look to senior Kyle Bemis to make an impact, as he is coming off a victory at the Dean Invitational.
Eastern Nazarene College will also participate, as they will join the NECC as full members in the 2018 season. The young squad will look for strong performances from rookie Michael Dietz and sophomore Jacob Waldroop.
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