SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—First-year Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) and junior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) are two of 12 players within four shots of the lead as the Babson College men's golf team posted a team score of 298 and is tied for third place after round one of the Saratoga National Invitational.
Middlebury finished at 6-over par 294 at the 6,744-yard par-72 Saratoga National Golf Club to take a three-shot lead over Trinity. The Beavers and Rensselaer are both four shots back, while Williams is 10 strokes back in fifth place after shooting 304 on Saturday.
Gianelos carded the low round of his young career in the opening round, making three birdies and two bogeys to finish at 1-under par 71. He birdied three of the first 10 holes and is just one stroke off the pace of Middlebury's Phillipe Morin, who sits atop the leaderboard at 2-under.
Bornhorst made nine straight pars to open the day and used birdies at the 12th and 17th holes to finish in a tie for seventh position at 2-over after shooting 74. Sophomore Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) is tied for 16th place after firing a 4-over 76 on Saturday, while senior Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) is tied for 19th overall at 5-over following a round of 77.
Sophomore Reed Wilson (Redlands, Calif.), who returned from injury to make his season debut on Saturday, grabbed a share of 36th position with an 11-over par 83.
Babson returns to Saratoga National GC for the final round beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
• The Beavers, who are coming off a tie for first place at the Royal Lakes-Oglethorpe Invitational back on October 2, have broken 300 in five of nine rounds this fall.
• Babson finished first in the nine-team field with 59 pars on Saturday.
• Saturday's team score of 298 is the team's second lowest first round total in five events this fall. The Beavers opened with a 3-over 291 at Oglethorpe back on October 1.