MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The 2018 NECC Golf Championship is slated to tee off on Saturday, September 29 at Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston, Massachusetts. The championship, hosted by Eastern Nazarene College and Dean College, is a two day, 36-hole stroke play tournament. There will be five teams competing- Dean, Eastern Nazarene, Elms College, Mitchell College and Springfield College.
Springfield topped the 2018 NECC Men's Golf Preseason Poll, as the unanimous selection to win the 2018 NECC Championship. Led by head coach Joe Eadie, the Pride were the runner-ups in the 2017 NECC Championship, and return two top-five finishers from last year's team, Mike Strong (Newington, Conn.) and Jakob Raichle (Bethlehem, N.H.). Raichle and Strong both turned in their best performances of the fall at the Duke Nelson Invitational, as Raichle carded a 73 on day one, and a 72 on the second day to tie for fourth individually among the 111 golfers in the event. Strong was equally impressive, posting back-to-back rounds of 73 to tie for seventh place.
Mitchell College junior Nick Knisel (Weatogue, Conn.) is coming off a week in which he won the NECC Golfer of the Week after firing a career-low round of 75 to finish as the individual medalist at the Mitchell Invite II. Freshman Sam Gaboury (Uncasville, Ct.) has been named the NECC Rookie of the Week in all three weeks of the season, and is coming off two straight third place finishes, firing a three-over-par round of 75 at the Emmanuel College Invitational, and a round of 78 at the Mitchell Invite II.
Newcomer Eastern Nazarene College will look to two-time NECC Golfer of the Week, Michael Dietz (North Charleston, S.C.) to make an impact. Dietz has claimed top individual honors twice this season, taking the top spot Mitchell Invitational I with a round of 72, and following that with a school record round of 71 to win the MCLA Invitational.
Elms will be under the direction of head coach Adam Ziewacz, who will have the luxury of guiding an experienced squad, including returner Chris Soderberg (Florence, Mass.), who is coming off his best weekend of the season, carding a two-day score of 161 to finish fourth at the Castleton Invitational.
Dean College rounds out the field of five. This will be Dean's second appearance of the season, with their only outing coming at the Mitchell Invitational II, where they were paced by Michael McAuliffe (Dunstable, Mass.), who finished in seventh place, posting a round score of 84.