WILBRAHAM, Mass. – Endicott captured the 2019 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Golf Championship on Sunday (April 28) at the Country Club of Wilbraham, battling all the way back from last place after 18 holes to claim the title. As the CCC Champions the Gulls earn the league's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship.
The Gulls posted a team score of 611 (+35), including a 293 (+5) in the second round. Nichols and Western New England tied for second place with team scores of 616 (+40), while Roger Williams finished in fourth with a 628 (+52).
Due to unplayable course conditions on Saturday (April 27), the entire 36-hole championship was played in a single day.
The first round was extremely tight as the four teams were separated by just five strokes. However, it was Endicott bringing up the rear posting a first round team score of 318 (+30). However, the eventual champions really found their stroke in the afternoon session, posting three of the top-four second round scores.
Senior Carter Knox (Hinesburg, Vt.) led the way with a second round 71 (-1), which combined with first round 76 (+4) left him in second place overall in the individual competition. Graduate student Connor Brown (Granby, Conn.) and senior Christopher Billings (Portland, Maine) turned in a 73 (+1) and a 72 (E) in their respective second rounds. Brown had a two-round score of 154 (+10) to finish seventh overall, while Billings finished tied for eighth with at 156 (+12). Junior Kenneth Tuttle (Gorham, Maine) carded a 163 (+19) and Dylan Seeber (New Hartford, N.Y.) shot a 166 (+22) to round out the championship team.
WNE tied for the runner-up spot in this year's championship thanks in part to sophomore Ryan Zogby (New Hartford, N.Y.). Zogby turned in the best score of the day with a 70 (-2) in the afternoon and also earned CCC Championship medalist honors with a 36-hole score of 146 (+2). Fellow sophomore Cameron Cox (Bowdoinham, Maine) also finished in the top-five with a fourth place finish at 151 (+7).
Nichols, which led after the group with a 313 (+25) after the first round also tied as the runner up. The Bison had two golfers finish in the top five as Reece McLeod (Leicester, Mass.) placed third with a tournament score of 150 (+6) and Patrick Hesseltine (Westford, Mass.) tied for fifth with a 153 (+9).
Roger Williams sat in third after the first round checking in at 317 (+29) and improved by six strokes in the late session. They were led by Ryan Burrill (Southington, Conn.) who tied for fifth with a 153 (+9).
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.