Men's golf finishes eighth at the NESCAC fall qualifier

Julien Lewin and the Bates men's golf team finished eighth out of 10 teams at the 2017 NESCAC fall qualifier. (File photo by Josh Kuckens/Bates College) 

NEWINGTON, Conn. -- Senior captain Bennett Saltzman and sophomore Julien Lewin each shot a 79 on Sunday and the Bates men's golf team finished eighth out of 10 schools at the NESCAC fall qualifier held at Indian Hill Country Club.

Saltzman (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.) paced the Bobcats with a two-day score of 157, good for a tie for 18th place out of 50 golfers in the field. Saltzman finished just one stroke away from potentially earning one of four "at large" bids to the NESCAC Championships in the spring.

Lewin (Seattle, Wash.) improved on his day one score by seven strokes for a two-day total of 165 and a tie for 33rd place.

The Bobcats finished with a team score of 664, 17 strokes ahead of ninth place Bowdoin and only two strokes behind seventh place Colby. This is the second straight year Bates has finished eighth in the NESCAC qualifier. Host Trinity won the tournament with a score of 582. The Bantams will compete against Williams, Tufts and Amherst in the spring NESCAC Championships. 

Sophomore Andrew Garcia-Bou (Eastchester, N.Y.) finished third on the team and 39th overall by shooting an 85 on Sunday, finishing with a total score of 171, one stroke ahead of teammate senior Spencer Pierce (Winnetka, Ill.).

Senior captain Matt Marcus (Newton, Mass.) rounded out the Bates scoring with a two-day score of 177, good for a tie for 42nd. 

The Bobcats improved on their Saturday team score of 336 by shooting 328 on Sunday. 

Bates is back in action Thursday at the Mariner Invitational.