Gianelos Claims Medalist Honors as Beavers Claim Top Four Spots on Individual Leaderboard
BREWSTER, Mass.—Sophomore Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) recorded his second career victory and 20th-ranked Babson College claimed the top four spots on the individual leaderboard on the way to winning the 85th New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championship on Monday at The Captains Golf Course.
The Beavers posted a final round score of 298 on the par-72, 6,687-yard Starboard Course to finish with a 36-hole total of 13-over 589. Johnson & Wales came in 15 shots behind Babson in second place at 604, while Nichols (620), Western New England (632) and Springfield (634) rounded out the top five.
Gianelos followed up his opening round 73 with a 72 on Monday to win by two shots with a 1-over total of 145. He made five birdies in the final round, four of which came during a five-hole stretch from 6-10. He followed up a bogey on the 12th hole with his final birdie of the day at the 13th to capture medalist honors for the first time this fall.
First-year Sean Fitzgerald (West Newton, Mass.) came in second with a 3-over total of 147. He made three birdies in the final round and backed up Sunday's 72 with a round of 75 to post his top finish of the fall.
Junior Reed Wilson (Redlands, Calif.) fired rounds of 73-75 to come in third with a 36-hole total of 4-over 148, while senior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) was one shot behind him in fifth place at 5-over 149 after shooting a final round 76. First-year Jackson Rothwell (Victoria, British Columbia), who opened with a 74 on day one, carded a 79 on Monday and finished in 10th position at 9-over 153.
Babson will wrap up the fall portion of its schedule at The Atlantic Invitational in Jupiter, Fla., beginning on October 28.
• The Beavers are the first repeat champions at the NEIGA Invitational since Rhode Island College won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.
• Babson has recorded six consecutive top-three finishes going back to 2014 at The Captains Course, which includes victories in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
• Gianelos, Fitzgerald, Wilson and Bornhorst gave the Beavers four players on the NEIGA all-region team for the first time in program history.
• Going back to the beginning of October 2018, Babson has won seven of its last 12 tournaments, which includes three victories this fall.