Closing out the medal scoring portion of the fall golf season by tying for third of 50 entrants in the annual NESCAC Qualifier Sat. & Sun., Oct. 2-3, Pete Taylor '12 (photo) shot a 70-74-144 (two-over-par). The third-place performance this season is Taylor's best effort over his three appearances in the NESCAC Qualifier. The two-time all-NESCAC second-team choice, having tied for seventh in 2009 and placing 10th in 2008, has now moved up to first-team all-NESCAC this season.
Over his eight rounds of golf during the fall, Taylor was a portrait of consistency, shooting between a 70 and a 76 for an average round of 72.9. Each course he played this fall had a par 71.
As a team, Wesleyan came in 10th of the 10 squads in attendance at the NESCAC Qualifier, held at Shuttle Meadow Golf Club in Kensington, Conn. and hosted by Trinity. The Cardinals' number-two finisher at the Qualifer was A.J. Ferraro '12, who finished 43rd with an 85-82-167 score. Ferraro was the squad's second-best scorer in the last three events. His average is 84.25 this fall.
Wesleyan's final outing of the fall came up Sat. & Sun., Oct. 16-17 when six of the NESCAC squads gathered at Crumpin Fox Golf Course in Bernardston, Mass. for a new event, the NESCAC Match-Play Tournament. There Wesleyan fell to Amherst, 13-5, and Williams, 13.5-4.5, in pool play, then dropped a 13.5-4.5 decision to Amherst in the consolations along with a 14-4 setback to Bowdoin. Modified nassau rules were used with three points per player (front nine, back nine and total) for six-player teams. Wesleyan had just five players in attendance. Of the Cardinals 18 team points, 9.5 came from Taylor, while Ferraro contributed 3.5 points. Dan DeRienzo '12 helped out with five team points. Taylor shot a 43-38-81 on the opening day and trimmmed it to 36-37-73 on the second day. Thus he finished the fall with a stroke average of 73.6 over 10 rounds.
The squad resumed action with its spring opener Sat., March 19 in Port St. Lucie, Fla., competing in The Saints Invitational against Skidmore and Hamilton, played at The Saints golf course. Taylor led the Cardinals with a 78, followed by Tom Salah '12 (83), Ferraro (87) and DeRienzo (88) to round out the team's scoring. Skidmore won the event with a 294 total while Hamilton had 305. Wesleyan finished with a 336 score.
The opening northern event of the spring was the WNEC Invitational on the Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Springfield Thurs., April 14. Wesleyan, once again, was paced by Taylor with an 80, followed by Ferraro (83) and DeRienzo (84). The Cardinals placed 12th of the 12 competing teams with a 344 total. WNEC captured the event with a 307 total, one stroke ahead of Salem St.
Next up for the squad was the Worcester St. Invitational Tues., April 19. Wesleyan placed 17th of 18 squads with a 350 score, led by Taylor's round of 79. Ferraro was next with an 87. Salem St. was the winner on the Blackstone National Golf Course in Sutton, Mass., with a 313, followed by WNEC (318).
The Cardinals then made a familar trek to Williamstown, Mass. to take part in the Williams Spring Opener on the Taconic Golf Course Sat./Sun., April 23/24. The first day of the event was rained out. After play was completed on Sunday, Wesleyan stood sixth of six squads with a 345 score. As usual, Taylir led the way by tying for seventh among 38 participants with a five-over-par 76. Ferraro again was next with a round of 81.
Wesleyan closed out the spring season back at Williams Wed. April 27, taking on Williams and Amherst in the annual Little Three championship using alternating shot two-player and individual match scoring for 12 possible points per team. Wesleyan fell to Amherst, 10-2, and dropped an 11-1 decision to Williams. Taylor and Ferrao combined for a point against both Amherst and Williams during the alternating-shot activity. The second point vs Amherst came from Brad Improta '14 during singles match play.
Final seasonal stats show Taylor with a fine 75.0 stroke average over 14 rounds. Next best was Ferraro with an 85.3 average.