Courtesy Middlebury Athletics
Men’s golf staged a come-from-behind win this weekend to earn the program’s ninth NESCAC title and its first since 2016. Entering the weekend behind both Tufts and Trinity on points, the Panthers clawed their way back to first with an impressive score of 304 on the day, leaving the Jumbos and Bantams in their wake.
Captain Jordan Bessalel ’21 and Hogan Beazley ’23 led the team in the second round, each scoring 75s and tying for fourth place individually. Captain John Mikus ’21 followed close behind in ninth with a 76, while Colin McCaigue ’24 notched a 78 and Porter Bowman ’21.5 scored an 83. Trinity College finished three strokes back on the day, with Tufts and Hamilton rounding out the top four.
The Panthers, scoring a combined score of 607, ultimately edged out Trinity and Tufts by a single stroke.
Men’s golf has now won eight NESCAC titles since the turn of the century, making them the most successful team in the division over that period. The team concludes their successful season at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course on Saturday, May 8, with the Middlebury Spring Invitational.
Editor’s Note: Porter Bowman ’21.5 is the senior opinion editor for The Campus.