Bornhorst Shoots 2-Under Par 70 as Beavers Build 23-Shot Advantage
WEST BOYLSTON, Mass.—First-year Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) shot a 2-under par 70 and Babson College posted a team score of 298 to grab the lead after the first round of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Men's Golf Championship at Wachusett Country Club on Saturday.
The two-time defending champion Beavers hold a 23-shot lead over second-place Springfield College (321) and are 24 strokes ahead of third-place Elms (324) halfway through the 36-hole tournament. The winner of the NECC Championship receives and automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship.
Bornhorst made four birdies and just one double bogey on his way to the lowest round of his young career at Babson. He owns a four-shot lead over sophomore Lukas Linemayr (Hampton, N.H.), who is alone in second place by three shots after carding a 2-over par 74 on Saturday. Linemayr made a pair of birdies and was one of just two players, along with Bornhorst, to finish under par on the par 5s.
First-years David Choi (Dallas, Texas) and Martin Jensen (Bronxville, N.Y.) are tied for third place after finishing the first round at 5-over par 77. Junior Ian Notkin (Caldwell, N.J.), a two-time all-conference selection and the 2014 NECC Player and Rookie of the Year, shot an 81 on Saturday, good for 12th place.
Babson returns to the course on Sunday at 11 a.m. for the final round of the NECC Championship.
• The Beavers have held at least a share of the first-round lead at the NECC Championship in each of the last six years going back to 2011.
• Bornhorst's round is the lowest in relation to par by a Babson player since Vijay Vasandani shot a 3-under par 69 in the opening round of the 2013 NECC Championship at Wedgewood Country Club in Stow, Mass.
• Babson's team score of 298 is its lowest in conference championship competition since posting a 289 in the first round of the 2011 tournament at DW Field Golf Club in Brockton, Mass.