Bornhorst Earns Player and Rookie of the Year Honors as Beavers Place Five on All-Conference Teams
WEST BOYLSTON, Mass.—First-year Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) claimed medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 1-under par 143 to help Babson College capture its third consecutive New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Men's Golf Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship on Sunday at Wachusett Country Club.
The Beavers posted a final-round team score of 297 to finish with a two-day total of 595, which was 42 shots better than runner-up Springfield College (637). Elms College came in third at 645, while Mitchell College was fourth with a 36-hole total of 710. The Green and White also saw all five of its players earn All-NECC accolades, four of which were named to the first team, while head coach Jeff Page collected his third straight conference coach of the year award.
After opening with a 2-under par 70 on Saturday, Bornhorst carded a final-round 73 to become the third straight Babson first-year to earn NECC Player and Rookie of the Year honors. He led the field with seven birdies and became the first player in conference championship history to finish under par.
First-year Martin Jensen (Bronxville, N.Y.) shot a 1-over par 73 on Sunday to finish second with a 36-hole total of 6-over par 150, while sophomore Lukas Linemayr (Hampton, N.H.) shot 77 and came in third at 151. First-year David Choi (Dallas, Texas) carded a 76 on Sunday and finished fourth overall with a two-day total of 153.
Junior Ian Notkin (Caldwell, N.J.), who won NECC Player and Rookie of the Year honors in 2014, shot a 75 on Sunday and made the all-conference team for the third straight year after tying for sixth with a 36-hole total of 156.
Babson will close out its fall schedule on October 24-25 at the NEIGA Championship in Brewster, Mass.
• The Beavers' winning total of 595 is the second lowest in NECC Championship history behind Babson's 36-hole score of 592 in 2011 at DW Field Golf Club in Brockton.
• Babson finished below 300 in back-to-back rounds at the same tournament for the first time in over a decade.
• The Beavers have now placed all five golfers on the NECC all-conference squad on two occasions, the last of which came in 2009.
• The 2017 NCAA Division III Championship will take place from May 16-19 at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.