Silvernail nets top-25 finish at NESCAC men's golf Fall Qualifier

First-year Spencer Silvernail fired back-to-back rounds of 78 to finish tied for 25th place at the 2018 NESCAC Fall Qualifier, hosted by Wesleyan University. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College) 

MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. -- First-year Spencer Silvernail shot a 78 both days to finish tied for 25th place out of 50 men's golfers at the 2018 NESCAC Fall Qualifier.

The Bates men finished in ninth place overall with a team two-day score of 642, four shots ahead of rival Colby College and just one shot behind host Wesleyan University. 

Silvernail (Lake Forest, Ill.) came just six strokes away from qualifying individually for the NESCAC Championships this spring. 

The Bobcats were consistent, shooting a combined total of 321 each day. Junior Julien Lewin (Seattle, Wash.) boasted the biggest improvement from Saturday to Sunday. Lewin shot an 82 on Saturday and followed that up with the lowest round for any Bates golfer, firing a 76 on Sunday. He finished with a two-day total of 158, good for a tie for 31st place. 

Sophomore Preston Haugh (Alexandria, Va.) finished tied for 40th with a two-day total of 164. The Bobcats rounded out their scoring with junior captain Andrew Garcia-Bou (Eastchester, N.Y.) and senior captain Liam McLoughlin (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) shooting a two-day total of 167 and 168 respectively.

Middlebury College narrowly secured a victory in the NESCAC Men's Golf Championship Qualifier, beating out Trinity by just one stroke. The Panthers, who placed sixth at last year's Qualifier, finished with a 36-hole team score of 587 and took home first place. They will host the 2019 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship in the spring. Trinity, Hamilton, and Tufts will join the Panthers. 

The Bobcats take on Colby and Bowdoin this Saturday when they host the CBB Tournament at Martindale Country Club in Auburn. Bates is looking to defend its title and the Bobcats are also trying to win their fourth CBB championship in the last five years.