HINGHAM, Mass. – Western New England earned the right to host the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Golf Championship for the second year in a row after winning the CCC Golf Fall Qualifier with a team score of 308 at the South Shore Country Club on Tuesday afternoon.
Joining the Golden Bears in the CCC Championship are Endicott, Nichols, and the University of New England.
The Golden Bears won the Conference's fall event by eight strokes as they placed three golfers in the top-five. Senior Matt Fontaine (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was the team's low-scorer with a three-over-par 75, which was good for second place. Mike Metcalf (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Nick Shemkovitz (Meriden, Conn.), last year's Fall Qualifier medalist, also finished in the top-five shooting 76 and 77 respectively. Reigning CCC Rookie of the Year Joe Ciolek (South Hadley, Mass.) was WNE's final scorer coming in with an 80.
Wentworth's Dan Howard (Westwood, Mass.) led the field with a minus-one 71 and was honored as the event's medalist. However, the Leopards missed the cut by the slimmest of margins as the University of New England edged them out by a single stroke, 325 to 326.
Endicott's top-two golfers, juniors Athan Goulas (Peabody, Mass.) and Drew Benshoff (Concord, Mass.), tied for sixth place as they carded 78s, contributing to the Gulls' second-place team score of 316.
Nichols senior Nick Wage (Holden, Mass.) played to a tie for third place individually as he recorded a team-best 76. The Bison shot 319 as a team.
UNE was led by a pair of 78s from Sam Kinasewich (Sandwich, Mass.) and Brendan Foley (Amesbury, Mass.) as the Nor'easters registered a 325 as a team.
The CCC Championship is scheduled for the weekend of April 29 at course to be announced by Western New England. The winner of the 36-hole event next spring will earn the Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.