2018 CCC Golf Fall Qualifier Preview

2018 CCC Golf Fall Qualifier Preview

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The 2018 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Golf Fall Qualifier will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Highlands Golf and Country Club in Grafton, Mass. The six CCC men's golf teams tee off at 10 a.m.

The winner of the 18-hole event will earn the right to host the CCC Golf Spring Championship the weekend of April 27. The three other top teams will earn the remaining spots in the championship field. The four championship qualifiers will play 36-holes for the title of 2019 CCC Golf Champion and the right to represent the conference in the 2019 Division III Men's Golf Championship as an automatic qualifier.

Endicott hosted last year's championship after winning the 2017 Fall Qualifier, but it was Western New England that took the title in the spring with a 20-stroke victory in the 2018 Spring Championship. The Golden Bears finished 29th at the 2018 NCAA Championship event.


ABOUT THE TEAMS
(in order of 2018 finish)

Western New England

The Golden Bears come into the 2018-19 season as the reigning CCC Golf Champions, but return only two from their championship grouping a year ago. Those two golfers, sophomores Ryan Zogby (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Cameron Cox (Bowdoinham, Maine), have led the way for WNE in its first two tournaments of the year. Zogby, who earned CCC Rookie of the Year honors last season, placed sixth at the Bill Detrick Invitational with the team finishing eighth. The team also finished 20th at the Duke Nelson Invitational. Fellow sophomore Tyler Sinacola (North Attleboro, Mass.) was the Golden Bears' third-place finisher in both of the first two tournaments this fall.

Endicott

Endicott started the season with a third place finish at the Bowdoin Invitational. They were also tied for the top finish among Division III schools at the event. Leading the way were seniors Carter Knox (Hinesburg, Vt.) and Christopher Billings (Portland, Maine), who both tied for fifth at last year's CCC Championship event. They both had top-10 finishes at the Bowdoin Invitational with Knox tying for second and Billings tying for sixth. The two also led the Gulls to their 16th place finish at the Duke Nelson Invitational.

Nichols

Nichols, the host of this year's fall event, returns two All-Conference performers from last year in junior Patrick Hesseltine (Westford, Mass.) and sophomore Reece McLeod (Leicester, Mass.). The two contributed to their teams' third place finish at the Bowdoin Invitational, which is their only event so far this fall. The Bison tied as the top Division III team in the tournament. Leading the way for Nichols in that event was junior TJ Barber (Cornish, N.H.), who tied for sixth as an individual.

Roger Williams

Roger Williams got its season off to a strong start with a second place finish at the MCLA Invitational. Three of the Hawks' CCC Championship competitors from a year ago are back to try and help their team earn a spot for championship contention. Among those three is Ryan Burrill (Southington, Conn.), who tied for fifth at the MCLA Invitational. Two newcomers, Terry Baker (Fiskdale, Mass.) and Ben DeFelice (Warwick, R.I.) also tied for fifth at the event.

Wentworth

Wentworth, which has missed qualifying for the championship by a combined four strokes over the past two years, will try to return to the CCC Championship for the first time since the 2014-15 season. This fall the Leopards have competed in two 18-hole events, winning the Mitchell Invitational and finishing third at the Emmanuel Invitational. Leading the way in both those events was junior Sean L'Italien (Pembroke, Mass.). L'Italien finished in the top-five of both events. Also returning is Brian Bak (South Hadley, Mass.), Wentworth's top finisher in the Fall Qualifier a year ago. Freshman Nicholas Kurtz (Dover, N.H.) has his collegiate golf career off to a good start with a pair of top-10 finishes.

 

University of New England

The Nor'easters bring back their lone All-Conference honoree from a year ago, Michael Rich (Boston, Mass.). Rich is captaining a squad that is looking to return to the Spring Championship after missing the cut a year ago. Rich already has a medalist honor to his name this season as he won the John Queenan Memorial Tournament, aiding in the team's third place result. UNE also placed fifth at the Maine Championship with sophomore Dylan Andrews (Northwood, N.H.) leading the way.

  

ABOUT THE COURSE (http://www.highfieldsgolfcc.com/Club/Scripts/section/section.asp?NS=HP)

The site of Highfields golf and Country Club was the heart the Magill family dairy farm. John Magill being an avid golfer had a vision to turn these pastures and woods into an 18 hole championship golf course. With his steely determination, alongside his son Jay, the duo worked tirelessly with Mugeam, Cornish golf design to create one of New England's premier golf courses. Together they took advantage of the lay of the land, clearing, excavating, grading and seeding all tee boxes, fairways and greens. Highfield's opened in 2002 as an instant success: designed to appeal to golfers of all abilities.

In 2005 John and Jay began laying out the plans and started constructing the new 30,000 square foot club house. Considered the jewel of Highfields, this Club house features a fully stocked pro shop as well as housing for our fleet of golf carts. The J & J Tavern serves pub style fare as well as fantastic views of the 18 green, putting and chipping areas. The Claddagh Room is perfect to host weddings and social occasions. Our dedication and attention to detail will allow everyone to relax and enjoy your event.

 

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.

 

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