Six NESCAC squads got together for the Williams Spring Opener on the fabled Taconic Golf Course in Williamstown, Mass., Sat.-Sun., April 17-18. Cardinal ace Pete Taylor '12 (photo) fired a nine-over-par 77-74-151 total to finish third of 40 competitors, earning all-tournament honors as a top-five place-taker.
Taylor was a portrait of consistency over his 15 rounds during the 2009-10 season, shooting between a 71 and a 79 for a stroke average of 75.5. The next lowest round by a Cardinal at the Williams Spring Opener was the 83-86-169 score turned in by AJ Ferraro '12, who placed in a tie for 29th. Weather conditions were less than idea over the weekend. The medalist from Williams shot a two-over-par 72-72-144.
Williams took the team title with a 604 score, 18 better than second-place Trinity. Close behind were Hamilton and Amherst with Middlebury in fifth and the Cardinals last with a 677 count.
Wesleyan played in the Worcester St. Invitational Tues., April 20. Competing without Taylor, Ferraro or Kendall, the Cardinals placed 16th of the 16 squads with a 383 score. Leading the Cardinals was Dan DiRienzo '11 with an 84 as he tied for 33rd among 78 participants.
Wesleyan traveled to Amherst for the annual Little Three matches Wed., April 28, concluding the 2009-10 campaign. Using two modes of match play, Little Three scoring is a combination of alternating-shot, two-man team play and individual play for 12 team points. Williams won the title, defeatng Wesleyan 11-1 and Amherst 7.5-4.5. Amherst downed Wesleyan, 10.5-1.5. Taylor was instrumental in Wesleyan's 2.5 points as he defeated his Williams rival for the lone Cardinal point against the Ephs and halved his match vs. Amherst for 0.5 points. He also joined Ferraro in the alternating shot activity, and produced a winning point vs. Amherst to complete the Cardinal scoring.
(photo courtesy of Alex Kantor, Amherst co-SID)