Spartan golf finishes 3rd in NAC

The Spartan golf team had a great showing on Oct. 8 and 9 during the North Atlantic Conference championships, finishing in third place.

The Spartans were led by freshman sensation Bryan Fitzgerald, who made the first team all-conference with a sixth place showing at the two-day event. He shot a very impressive 152 and also received the rookie of the year honors for the conference.

Also leading the charge for the Spartans was senior Cam Wood who shot a 157 for the tournament, which was good enough for 10th place.

Other contributors to Castleton’s great showing were senior Will Banfield, who shot a respectable 163 good enough to tie for 14th place, freshman Dan Hogan, who shot a 167, earned a tie for 18th place, and senior Dom Maniery, who shot a 171, tying for 20th place.

“Team did excellent, worked hard,” head coach Bill Bowes said. “We just came up a little bit short.”

The Spartans, who came in third to Husson and Salem State, who shot 600 and 601 as teams respectively, shot a 635 as a team. This proved to be a tremendous improvement, considering only two weeks prior, Salem State defeated them by 75 strokes at the Williams invitational.

“We were able to close the gap considerably against Salem,” Bowes said. “Compared to when we golfed against them at Williams.”

 With only one match left on their schedule, the Spartans’ season is coming to a close. Bowes said he is excited about the future of the team.

“If we continue to get players every year and improve” Bowes said, “we can become a very good team in the future.”

The Spartans’ next and final match is the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association championships set to take place in Brewster, Mass. at the Captain’s golf course. The team is looking to end their season on a good note with a solid performance like they had at the NAC championship.

 “I am very happy how the team performed and how they represented themselves and Castleton State College.”