2019 CCC Golf Fall Qualifier Preview

2019 CCC Golf Fall Qualifier Preview

Portions of this release contributed by CCC Intern Connor Scully.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The seven Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's golf teams will travel to the Country Club of Wilbraham on Thursday, Sept. 19 for the 2019 CCC Golf Fall Qualifier. The first group is scheduled to tee off at 10 a.m.

The top four teams in the 18-hole event will advance to compete in the CCC Spring Championship the weekend of April 25. The winner of Thursday's qualifier will host the 36-hole championship. The team with the best score at the 2020 CCC Golf Championship will earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2020 Division III Men's Golf Championship.

Western New England led the field at the 2018 CCC Fall Qualifier, but it was Endicott that came out on top at the end of the year. The Gulls reclaimed the CCC title last year with a score of 611 (+35) in the spring championship and returned to the NCAA Championship where they finished 41st.

This year's CCC Qualifier will feature live mobile scoring through GolfStat and can be accessed by clicking the link provided HERE.


ABOUT THE TEAMS
(in order of 2018-19 finish)

Endicott

The reigning CCC Champions will turn to almost an entirely new squad this year with only one golfer from last year's CCC Championship lineup returning. So far the Gulls have competed in two tournaments this year, finishing ninth at the Bowdoin Invitational and tying for 15th at the Duke Nelson Invitational. Freshman Nicholas Grimbilas (Strafford, N.H.) has been one of the Gulls top golfers so far this year leading the team in its first tournament and finishing as Endicott's second-best golfer in the other. Graduate student Dylan Seeber (New Harford, N.Y.) is the lone returner of the five CCC Championship contenders from a year ago.

Western New England

The Golden Bears return the 2018-19 CCC Golfer of the Year junior Ryan Zogby (New Hartford, N.Y.) who finished as the top individual performer in the CCC Championship last season. Western New England also returns junior Cameron Cox (Bowdoinham, Maine), a 2018-19 Second Team All-CCC selection who helped the team to fifth place finishes in the Bill Detrick Invitational and the Duke Nelson Invitational. Sophomore Andrew Crean (Victor N.Y.) has also got off to an impressive start finishing as the Golden Bears' second place finisher at the Bill Detrick Invitational and third place finisher at the Duke Nelson Invitational.

Nichols

After tying as the CCC Championship runner-up last spring, Nichols is off to a fantastic start as it took home the Bowdoin Invitational title, led by freshman Colby Mitchell (Gloucester, Mass.). His performance earned Mitchell a selection as CCC Rookie of the Week. The team also returns two First Team All-CCC selections in Patrick Hesseltine (Westford, Mass.) and Reece McLeod (Leicester, Mass.) who finished third and 10th individually at the Bowdoin Individual. Second Team All-CCC selection Jacob Willis (Greenfield, Mass.) is also back for the Bison.

Roger Williams

Roger Williams was the final team to qualify for the CCC Championship last year as it beat out Wentworth by a single stroke in 2018. In the CCC Championship the Hawks finished fourth with a team score of 628 (+52). RWU has not played an official match yet this year as its dual competition against MCLA was postponed. However, it does return All-CCC First Teamer Ryan Burrill (Southington, Conn.) who finished in the top-five of both CCC events last year. He tied for fourth at the 2018 Fall Qualifier with a plus-four 76 and tied for fifth at the 2019 CCC Championship with a plus-nine 153. 2019 CCC Rookie of the Year Ben DeFelice (Warwick, R.I.) is also back for the Hawks after a top-10 finish at the CCC Championship.

Wentworth

Wentworth will be looking to make a return to the CCC Championship for the first time since 2014-15, as it have missed qualifying the past three years by only a combined five strokes. In the Leopards' sole competition of the fall season, they were able to best Dean and Mitchell in a tri-match. Wentworth was led by senior Sean L'Italien (Pembroke, Mass.) and sophomore Nicholas Kurtz (Dover, N.H.) who finished first and tied for second respectively. Junior Sancho Rodriguez (San Rogue, Spain) was also a top five finisher, finishing in fourth in the tri-match.

 

University of New England

The University of New England is looking to return to the CCC Championship for the first time since 2017 after missing the cut the previous two years. The Nor'easters return the services of All-CCC Second Team selection Dylan Andrews (Northwood, N.H.) who registered a plus-15 87 at last year's qualifier. Andrews was UNE's top golfer at the Bowdoin Invitational, tying for 10th with a two-round total of 157 (+13). The Nor'easters tied for fifth at that event. Earlier in the year, they finished third at the John Queenan Memorial with first-year Marcus Costa (North Attleboro, Mass.) leading the team in that event.

Gordon

Gordon will be competing in the CCC Qualifier for the first time as a varsity team in 2019 after participating as a club last year. Earlier this year the Fighting Scots participated in their first varsity event at the Northern Vermont-Johnson Invitational. Freshman Michael Hills (Terryville, Conn.) was Gordon's top golfer at the event finishing in seventh place with a plus-10 171. In last year's qualifying event Jonathan Park (Malaysia) was Gordon's top golfer.

  

ABOUT COUNTRY CLUB OF WILBRAHAM (https://www.ccofwilbraham.com)

Opened in 1927, CCW has evolved into one of the most appealing, enjoyable, and friendly clubs in Western Massachusetts. Following the design of Willie Ogg, a professional golfer and golf club designer from Carnoustie, Scotland, the course initially consisting of only 9 holes. Remaining relatively unchanged until the late 1980's, legendary course Geoffrey Cornish's trademark modifications of fast, undulating greens and strategic bunkering can still be enjoyed on the front nine today.

In the spring of 2002, the back nine holes designed by Rowland Armacost opened for play. Navigating their way through rolling, wooded terrain, the back nine provides a consistently enjoyable, yet challenging playing experience as you make your way back to the clubhouse.

Nestled into a suburban New England setting, CCW is a semi-private club that also welcome residents of Wilbraham to experience everything we have to offer. Come experience CCW for yourself today!

 

ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE

The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports. In 2020, the conference will expand to 10 full members with the addition of Suffolk University.

 

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