SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Sophomore Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) shot a final round 70 to come in second at 6-under par as the Babson College men's golf team recorded a runner-up finish at the Saratoga National Invitational at Saratoga National Golf Course on Sunday afternoon.
The Beavers, who carried a three-stroke lead into the final round, shot 291 on Sunday and posted a 2-over total of 578 to finish one shot behind NYU. The Violets rallied from an eight-stroke deficit by recording the low score of the tournament, a 6-under 282. Rensselaer came in third at 588, while No. 22 Trinity (590) and Williams (593) rounded out the top five.
Gianelos, who fired a first round 68, eagled the par-5 fourth hole and made three birdies over his final nine holes on Sunday to come in under par for the second consecutive tournament. His 36-hole total of 138 was the lowest of his career and was second to only Joey Burlison of NYU, who shot 67-68 for a 9-under total of 135.
Junior Reed Wilson (Redlands, Calif.) back up Saturday's 73 with an even-par round of 72 that included three birdies and three bogeys. He made the turn at 2-over for the day, but birdied the par-4 11th hole and the par-4 16th hole to finish in a tie for ninth place at 1-over 145.
Senior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) followed up an opening round 71 with a 3-over 75 on Sunday. He had two birdies and two double-bogeys over his first six holes, but recovered to play the back nine in 1-under par to tie for 11th position with a 36-hole total of 2-over 146.
First-year Jackson Rothwell (Victoria, British Columbia) posted rounds of 75-77 to grab a share of 25th place at 8-over 152, while sophomore Burt Gesner (Severna Park, Md.) rebounded from Saturday's 81 with a final round 74 to finish in a tie for 29th overall at 11-over 155.
Babson returns to action next Sunday when it travels to Brewster, Mass., for the 85th NEIGA Championship.
• The Beavers' score of 578 was 12 shots better than last season's 590 total that helped them tie for first place.
• In five rounds since shooting 76 on the opening day of the Williams Invitational, Gianelos has finished under par four times and boasts a 69.2 stroke average.
• Wilson's 72 on Sunday marked the first time he has finished at even-par since the final round of the 2017 NEIGA Championship.