Freshmen pace men's golf at NEIGA Championships

Liam McLoughlin

BREWSTER, Mass. -- The Bates men's golf team finished in 20th place among 22 Division III teams on Monday, as the 81st annual New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships concluded at The Captains Course.

A pair of first-year players led the way for the Bobcats: Liam McLoughlin (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) shot a two-day total of 160, with a 79 on Sunday and an 81 on Monday, to tie for 41st place among 110 individuals. Freshman Nick Grano (Sarasota, Fla.) carded an 84 and an 82 to tie for 71st place. The Division III portion of NEIGAs were played on Port Course 1 and Starboard Course 2.

Sophomore Matt Marcus (Newton, Mass.) came back from a first-day 92 with an 82 on Monday to tie for 89th place, and First Team All-NESCAC junior Brad Rutkin (Great Neck, N.Y.) finished at 175 to tie for 92nd place. Fellow junior captain Alex Stekler (Avon, Conn.) came in 103rd at 183.

The tournament concludes the season for Bates varsity golf.