2018 CCC Golf Championship Preview

2018 CCC Golf Championship Preview



By CCC Intern J.T. Brown

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The 2018 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Golf Championship will take place this weekend at Kernwood Country Club in Salem, Mass. Endicott will act as the host after earning that right by winning the 2017 CCC Fall Qualifier. The Gulls will be joined by Nichols, Roger Williams and Western New England in the Championship field.

The first group is scheduled to tee off at 1:15 p.m. The winner of the two-day, 36-hole tournament will be named the 2018 CCC Golf Champion and earn the Conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship, which is scheduled to take place May 15-18 at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

Last year, the Gulls led by five shots after Day One and held on to win the Championship by one stroke as they beat two-time defending champion Western New England.  This is their first Golf Championship since 2014 after finishing runner-up each of the last two years. As the Conference Champion, Endicott earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship where they placed 33rd out of 42 teams.



2017 CCC Fall Qualifier: 1st (300, +16)
Individual Finishes: Tyler Smith (Morgan, Vt.) – 2nd (72, +1), Chris Billings (Portland, Maine) – 3rd (73, +2), Ben Palazzo (Farmington, Conn.) – T-5th (76, +5), Dylan Seeber (New Hartford, N.Y.) – T-11th (79, +8), Drew Benshoff (Concord, Mass.) – 30th (88, +17)

Notable Results in 2017-18:

  • 2nd of 11 at Bowdoin Invitational [Smith, T-3rd (79-75=154, +10)]
  • 2nd of 7 at Husson Invitational [Athan Goulos (Peabody, Mass.), 3rd (67-77=144, +3), Smith, T-4th (71-75=145, +4)]
  • 2nd of 11 at University of New England Invitational [Billings, 4th (74,+5)] 


2017 CCC Fall Qualifier: 4th (318, +34)
Individual Finishes: Remy Fletcher (Billerica, Mass.) – T-9th (78, +7), Patrick Hesseltine (Westford, Mass.) – T-11th (79, +8), Reece McLeod (Leicester, Mass.) – T-17th (80, +9), Dylan Casserly (Braintree, Mass.) – T-19th (81, +10), T.J. Barber (Cornish, N.H.) – 28th (86, +15)

Notable Results in 2017-18:

  • 3rd of 11 at Bowdoin Invitational
  • 1st of 3 at Becker Invitational [Mcleod, T-1st (75, +2), Casserly, 3rd (78, +5)]
  • 5th of 19 at NEIGA [Hesseltine, T-5th (74-74=148, +4)]
  • 1st of 7 at Rich Korzec Memorial Invitational [Barber, T-2nd (74, +2)]

Roger Williams

2017 CCC Fall Qualifier: 3rd (316, +32)
Individual Finishes: Derek Devereaux (Brunswick, Maine) – T-9th (78, +7), Joshua Unkrich (Bristol, Conn.) – T-11th (79, +8), Cullen Zurcher (Glastonbury, Conn.) – T-11th (79, +8), Ryan Burrill (Southington, Conn.) – T-17th (80, +9), Jake Messina (Latham, N.Y.) – 31st (89, +18)

Notable Results in 2017-18:

  • 3rd of 10 at MCLA Invitational [Unkrich, 3rd (73, +1)]
  • 2nd of 14 at Westfield State Invitational [Deveraux, co-medalist, (72,+1), Messina, 4th (73, +2)]
  • 3rd of 15 at Rhode Island College Spring Invitational [Deveraux, T-4th (75, +3)]

Western New England

2017 CCC Fall Qualifier: 2nd (311, +27)
Individual Finishes: John Abbott (Higganum, Conn.) – 1st (70, -1),  Joe Ciolek (South Hadley, Mass.) – 4th (75, +4), Mike Metcalf (Longmeadow, Mass.) – T-23rd (83, +12)  Tyler Sinacola (North Attleboro, Mass.) – T-23rd (83, +12), Ryan Zogby (New Hartford, N.Y.) – T-25th (84, +13)

Notable Results in 2017-18:

  • 3rd of 10 at Bill Detrick Invitational [Abbott, 5th (73-77=150, +6)]
  • 2nd of 22 at Duke Nelson Invitational [Ciolek, 2nd (72-70=142, even); Abbott, T-3rd (73-70= 143, +1), Sinacola, T-3rd (72+71=143, +1)]
  • 3rd of 19 at Williams Fall Invitational
  • 2nd of 16 at Elms College Invitational [Abbott, 5th (74-75=149, +6)]
  • 2nd of 7 at Rich Korzec Memorial Invitational [Abbott, T-2nd (74,+2)]
  • 2nd of 19 at Wildcat Spring Invitational [Abbott, medalist (73-73=146, +4)]
  • 1st of 4 at Westfield State Sprint Invitational [Zogby, co-medalist (75, +4), Abbott, T-3rd (78, +7), Cameron Cox (Bowdoinham, Maine), T-5th (79, +8)]



The winding entrance road through the original stone archway welcomes you to Kernwood Country Club – a private member-owned country club located on Boston's North Shore in historic Salem, Massachusetts.

Established in 1914 by a group of Boston business leaders, Kernwood Country Club is rich in history with the likes of Walter Hagan, Francis Ouimet, and Donald Ross himself present for grand opening exhibition matches. Today, Kernwood remains one of the most beautiful and endeared clubs in the Northeast.

We strive to provide family-oriented recreational and social activities that are not only enjoyable, but that foster friendship and fellowship. We pride ourselves on our fine dining services, and the warmth and hospitality of our loyal staff.

In 2014, we celebrated our Centennial season with great pride through new member programming and events. In July of 2014, we welcomed some of the best talent in Massachusetts to our course for the Massachusetts Golf Association's Amateur Championship. We look forward to our next 100 years with great optimism.



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.


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