Pete Taylor '12 Follows in Footsteps of Dave Velardo '08 by Earning All-New England Div. III Honors

Pete Taylor '12

Carding an eight-over-par 80 on the first day of the New England Championship in Brewster, Mass., Mon., Oct. 20, and following up with a three-over-par 75 on the second day, Pete Taylor '12 (photo) became the second Cardinal in the last two seasons to earn all-New England Division III honors. Last year, Dave Velardo '08 had a 152 total for all-New England laurels. Taylor, who tied for 25th among the 211 competitors with his 155 score, was the sixth finisher among 110 Division III entrants. 

As a team, Wesleyan placed 32nd of 42 squads overall and was 12th of 22 Division III teams. The Cardinals' #2 finisher was Dan DeRienzo '11, who posted an 84-83-167 total. Through 13 rounds of golf during the fall, Taylor has gotten his college career off to a solid start with all of his rounds between 71 and 83 for an average of 77.3 strokes. DeRienzo was third on the squad with an 81.1 average over 12 rounds while Eli Wilson '09 ranked second with his 79.7 average over 13 rounds. The New England Championship concluded the Cardinals fall action. 

Wesleyan began its spring competition by taking on Hamilton, the third-place finisher in the NESCAC fall qualifier, in a match in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Sat., March 21. Hamilton had four golfers card under an 80 for a 307 team total while Taylor led Wesleyan with a nine-over-par 81. DeRienzo was next for the Cardinals with an 82 while both Wilson and Alex Levin '12 shot an 83.

The team hits the links for the first time in New England this spring when R.I.C. serves as host for a match Fri., April 3.