Shooting a one-over-par 73-72-145 total during the Trinity Invitational Sat.-Sun., Sept. 10-11, Pete Taylor (photo) nearly defended his title from 2010 in the event as he finished second of 71 entrants this year. Jack Palley of Trinity was the tournament medalist with a 69-73-142 score. As a team, Wesleyan posted a score of 659, placing the Cardinals 10th of 11 squads. Last season, Taylor took the tournament title with an even-par 142 score. This year's event was played at Blackledge and Tallwood courses in Hebron, Conn.
In the second event of the fall, the Duke Nelson Invitational at Middlebury, Taylor shot a solid 76-73-149 total (seven-over-par) to place in a tie for seventh among 118 competitors. A year ago, Taylor won the tournament with a 146 score. This year's winning total was 142. Wesleyan had a 694 score to place 23rd of 24 squads.Rounding out Wesleyan's individual scoring at the Trinity Invitational was AJ Ferraro '12 with a 162 total, Ryan Marvick '13 with a 175 score and Nick Botticelli '14 with a 177 posting. The same three represented Wesleyan at Middlebury with Marvick carding a 174, Ferraro a 178 and Botticelli a 193.
The Cardinals ventured to Williams Sat.-Sun., Sept. 24-25 for the annual Williams Invitational as well. Tops again was Taylor with an 81-77-158 score, but he dipped to a tie for 36th among 97 entrants. Ferraro elevated his game to a solid 83-79-162 to tie for 49th. Wesleyan was 17th of 18 as a team with 687.
With five rounds in the 70s under his belt this year, Taylor has played 51 medal rounds for the Cardinals in his career and has connected for the 70s 44 times.
Wesleyan will host the annual NESCAC qualifier, coming up Sat.-Sun., Oct. 1-2.