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Men’s golf in the rough

The beautiful Taconic Golf Course in Williamstown, Mass. has seen such prestigious events like the 1996 U.S. Senior Amateur and two NCAA championships, but this past weekend it played host to the Williams Invitational.The Castleton men’s team finished 11th in an 18 team pack, shooting a two-day total of 643 (328, 308).

Senior Eric Slosek paced the Spartans with a 155, good enough for a tie for 23rd. Slosek shot two over par (73) on the first day for sixth on the leader board.

“[Slosek] shot two-over on a very difficult course,” said junior Cam Wood listing the events that have taken place on the course.

Wood said the team was disappointed with the 11th place finish.

“We finished a couple spots in front [of last year],” said Wood. “After [Slosek] it was all downhill for us.”

Freshman Cody Ball had a good performance and finished in a tie for 27th after shooting a 157 (77, 80).

Castleton travels to Stowe, Mass. on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.

“Last year we came in third in the ECAC’s,” said Wood. “We’re looking to do well there.”

Wood said the team is slowly progressing, and they were looking to improve for the North Atlantic Conference championship and get the bid to enter the National Tournament.