PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Endicott carded a team score of 300 to win the 2017 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Golf Fall Qualifier at Montaup Country Club on Thursday (Oct. 5) afternoon. The Gulls will now serve as the host for the 2018 CCC Golf Championship in the spring. Western New England, Roger Williams, and Nichols were the three other teams to qualify for the Spring Championship.
Western New England's John Abbott (Higganum, Conn.) was the medalist in the event with a 70 (-1), the only score below par for the day.
Three Endicott golfers placed in the top five with rookie Tyler Smith (Morgan, Vt.) leading the way. Smith placed second in the qualifying event with a 72 (+1). His teammate Chris Billings (Portland, Maine) was one stroke off of Smith's pace shooting 73 (+2) for a third place finish. Senior Ben Palazzo (Farmington, Conn.) finished in a fifth-place tie with a 76 (+5).
Western New England was the runner up in the CCC Fall Qualifier with a team score of 311. In addition to Abbott's strong performance, Joe Ciolek (South Hadley, Mass.) also finished in the top-five. He carded a 75 (+4) landing him in the fourth spot.
Host Roger Williams had a very consistent showing with its top three finishers hovering around the No. 10 spot to finish with a team score of 316. Senior Derek Devereaux (Brunswick, Maine) was the top golfer for the Hawks turning in a 78 (+7) for a tie for ninth place. His teammates Joshua Unkrich (Bristol, Conn.) and Cullen Zurcher Glastonbury, Conn.) both shot 79 (+8) and tied for 11th.
Reigning CCC Rookie of the Year Patrick Hesseltine (Westford, Mass.) helped Nichols earn the final qualifying spot with a score of 79 and an 11th place tie. The Bison posted a 318 score as a team.
Wentworth, the University of New England, and Eastern Nazarene all narrowly missed the cut in the closest top-to-bottom CCC Fall Qualifier since the conference acquired the NCAA automatic bid. The Leopards were led by Brian Bak (South Hadley, Mass.) who finished in the top five at 76 (+5). Meanwhile, first-year Dylan Andrews (Northwood, N.H.) paced the Nor'easters with an 11th place finish at 79 (+8). The Lions showed the greatest improvement from a year ago dropping their team total by nearly 100 strokes. Michael Dietz (North Charleston, S.C) and Jacob Waldroop (Newland, N.C) were largely influential in the turnaround as they finished in a tie for seventh by posting matching 77s (+6).
The CCC Golf Championship is scheduled to take place this spring on Saturday and Sunday April, 29-30 at a site to be determined. The winner of the two-day event will be named the 2018 CCC Golf Champion and earn the league's automatic qualifier into the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship.
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 four 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.