One of oldest programs at Babson, the men's golf team boasts more than six decades of history. Officially begun in the spring of 1948, the program has amassed nine conference championships, four regional titles, and eight team trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Babson golf enjoyed great success in dual match play early on in
its history, including an undefeated 8-0-2 record in 1949 - just
its second year of existence. The team then rose to regional
prominence in the early 1960s, going 13-3 and placing third at the
Greater Boston Golf Championship against much larger schools. One
of the stars of that year's squad was Mike Barry '62, who won the
Greater Boston Championships and placed second at the New England
Championships. Although he would be unable to compete due to
injury, Barry was invited to play at the 1962 National Collegiate
Golf Championships at Duke University, which at the time was the
only national tournament in the country [note: the following year
the national tournament divided into separate championships for
each division]. This landmark event represented the first national
postseason bid of any kind in Babson Athletics history.
The team continued to thrive in dual meet play throughout the rest of the decade before once again bursting onto the regional and national stages in the early 1970s. After going 9-1 during the regular season, Babson placed third at both the New England Championships and NAIA District Championships in 1970-71 to earn the program's first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament bid. The following year, the Beavers turned in a magnificent campaign which saw them go 14-2, win the NAIA District Championship, place second at the New England Championships, and place 10th out of 31 teams in their second straight appearance at the NCAA Championships - the highest finish in program history. Leading the way were captain Alan Dearborn '72, who posted a personal record of 14-2 and finished first out of 235 golfers at the New England Championships, and Wayne McElree, who won the NAIA Tournament while becoming just the second player in New England Championship history to hit a hole-in-one. Bob Kervick added a 15-1 mark for the team that year, while Athletics Hall of Famer Bruce Chalas went 12-2-2.
Babson returned to the national meet in 1981-82 - this time as a member of Division III. The Beavers placed 13th out of 20 squads at the NCAA Championships behind Dave Parness, who became the program's first known national award winner when he was named GCAA All-America Honorable Mention.
The arrival of legendary head coach Mike Vassalotti in 1984 would usher in a new era of dominance for Babson golf, which would later earn the program's fourth NCAA Tournament bid in 1995 while winning back-to-back New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Division III Championships in 1994-95 and 1995-96. Then in 1997-98, the Beavers won the first of seven consecutive conference championships - the first in the Constitution Athletic Conference (CAC) and the next six in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). This stretch also including another NEIGA Divionsion III Championship in 2000-01 as well as three straight bids to the NCAA Tournament in 2000, 2001, and 2002. The team's top performer during this specatular run was Athletics Hall of Famer Jared Meyers 01, who earned two Pre-Tournament All-America awards and one All-America Honorable Mention distinction during his brilliant career.
Although Babson's string of conference titles finally came to an end when the NEWMAC ceased its sponsorship of golf in 2004-05, the run would continue when the Beavers joined the New England Collegiate Conference as an associate member in 2009-10. In its first season as part of the league, the Beavers claimed their first NECC title and their eighth conference championship in the last 13 years. Two years later, Babson collected its second NECC Championship while earning the league's first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament - the program's eighth national trip. Anchoring the lineup was GCAA All-New England honoree Joe Young '12, who earned his second straight NECC Golfer of the Year award.
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