Men's golf finishes eighth in NESCAC Fall Qualifier

Liam McLoughlin's 74 led the Bates men's golf team Sunday at the NESCAC Championship Fall Qualifier at Middlebury. (File photo by Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- A day after no one on the Bates men's golf team could crack 80, four of them did Sunday as the 2016 NESCAC Men's Golf Championships Fall Qualifier concluded at par-71, 6,315-yard Ralph Myhre Golf Club.

Bates' top four gave the Bobcats a combined 306 Sunday, a 20-stroke improvement, yet Bates remained in eighth place out of 10 teams at the tournament.

Sophomore Liam McLoughlin (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) led Bates by shooting 3-over-par 74, finishing the tournament at 155, tying for 26th place among 50 individuals.

Junior Matt Marcus (Newton, Mass.) fired a 75 Sunday to finish at 158, tying with senior captain Brad Rutkin (Great Neck, N.Y.) for second on the team and 33rd place overall at 158. Rutkin was at 78 after his 80 on Saturday.

Sophomore Joey Sallerson (Chicago, Ill.) also scored under 80 with a 79, tying for 39th overall at 162, while junior Spencer Pierce (Winnetka, Ill.) shot an 81 to finish tied for 41st place at 163.

On a day where just two strokes separated the top four teams, Williams emerged as the winner at the 2016-17 NESCAC Men's Golf Qualifier. The Ephs and Trinity both finished with a two-day total of 585, with Williams winning the tiebreaker via the best score between the fifth golfers on Sunday. The Bantams (585), Amherst (586) and Middlebury (587) rounded out the field of four that will take part in the spring championship hosted by Williams.

Bates men's golf will next compete at the Mariner Invitational at Augusta Country Club in Manchester on Oct. 6; the tournament was rescheduled from last week's original date.