HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The Endicott men's golf team finished 33rd overall out of 42 programs at the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship, hosted by Oglethorpe University at the Mission Inn and Resort Club. Over the two-day championship, the Gulls produced a team score of 649 (326, 323) to finish ahead of nine other programs. The top 18 teams and top six individuals not on those squads will now advance to the final two days (May 18-19) of the tournament to decide both a team and individual national champion.
Drew Benshoff (Concord, Mass.) paced Endicott with a two-day score of 161 (82, 79, tied 130th overall), while Athan Goulos (Peabody, Mass.) notched a score of 162 (78, 84, tied 139th).
Ben Palazzo (Farmington, Conn.) and Carter Knox (Hinesburg, Vt.) followed with identical scores of 163 (86, 77 | 80, 83) to rank 146th overall, respectively. Dan Negus (Pembroke, Mass.) rounded out the group with a two-day score of 170 (86, 84, 186th).
BEYOND THE SCORECARD
- Endicott shot par 79 times, and also carded 15 birdies and one eagle.
- Knox shot even on Par 3 holes throughout the championship.
- Palazzo was -1 on Par 5 holes. He also had the team's only eagle.
- Knox and Goulos collected five birdies each.
YEAR IN REVIEW
Endicott captured its sixth Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title since the 2006-07 season, and also saw Goulos, Palazzo, Benshoff, and Christopher Billings (Portland, Maine) earn All-Conference accolades. Goulos highlighted the group as the CCC Golfer of the Year, while head coach Tom Smith also earned his fourth consecutive CCC Coach of the Year honor.
Release courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three 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 currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.