Men’s golf begins their spring season this coming weekend in Clinton, N.Y. after a restless 18 months without competition. With the revised schedule, the Panthers will be in action five times this spring, starting with the Hamilton Invitational this Saturday and concluding with the Middlebury Spring Invitational on May 8.
The team’s main target this season is to win their ninth NESCAC Championship, a title they last won in the 2015–16 season.
“I’ve been really happy with the work everyone has put in at practice to make sure we’re in the right place mentally and physically,” co-captain Jordan Bessalel ’21 said. While there’s 11 players on the practice roster, only six men’s golfers are on campus this semester. Still, Bessalel is confident in the group that’s on-campus.
Bessalel, alongside co-captain John Mikus ’21, will help lead the team under head coach Bill Beaney. Beaney, who spent 28 years as the head coach with the men’s hockey team, enters his 34th year at Middlebury. A five-time NESCAC Coach of the Year, Beaney was recently inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame.
One of just two seniors on the team, Bessalel also underscored the personal value this season will hold for him. “We’re excited to have the chance to represent Middlebury, especially for me personally since I thought my career at Midd was over,” he said.
After a long break in competition, the much-awaited sports season returns this weekend. The Panthers tee off this Saturday at noon.