Review: Men’s golf
Men’s golf made their first competitive appearance since late 2019 this past weekend, recording a third place finish out of six teams at the Hamilton Spring Invitational. The invitational was hosted at the Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford, NY on Saturday, April 10.
Hamilton fielded three full teams for the event, with their top two teams placing first and second. Middlebury rounded out the top three with a combined score of 313, finishing four points off second, but a comfortable nine strokes ahead of fourth-placed Williams College. Hamilton’s “C” team came in fifth while Amherst College ended in last with a combined score of 350.
Colin McCaigue ’24 was a standout performer for the Panthers in Saturday’s action, placing fourth individually with a score of 75, just three strokes over par. Hogan Beazley ’23 finished one stroke behind, while captains Jordan Bessalel ’24 and John Mikus ’24 rounded out the scoring for the Panthers. Derek Ban ’24 was also included in the Panthers’ five man squad on Saturday, notching an 83.
Middlebury’s Porter Bowman ’21.5 competed unattached as an individual, scoring an 85.
“This weekend was a decent start to the season,” Bessalel commented. “Everyone took away some good things as well as some things to work on.”
The Panthers will be back in action this Saturday at the Williams Spring Invitational, where they will face the familiar competition of Hamilton, Williams and Amherst — but with the addition of Wesleyan. The event will tee off at 12:30 p.m. at the Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass.
Editor’s Note: Porter Bowman ’21.5 is the senior opinion editor.