2019-20 men's GOLF preview

The Middlebury men’s golf team enters the season with a good mix of experienced veterans along with talented youth that comprise the roster. Winners of five of the last nine NESCAC Championships and a third-place finish last spring, the Panthers are primed to contend again in 2019-20.

Head Coach Bill Beaney

Middlebury is guided by Bill Beaney, who is in his 26th year and has been recognized as the NESCAC Coach of the Year five times (2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). A mix of returning players along with three newcomers will contend for spots in the lineup.

Jeffrey Giguere

Atop the lineup will be senior Jeffrey Giguere, who had a pair of top-five finishes in the three events during the spring after studying abroad last fall. The 2018 First-Team All-NESCAC and GCAA PING Northeast All-Region performer recorded his best finish at the Tim Brown Invitational, carding a Panther season-low score of 67 to go along with a 71 for a third-place effort. Later in the spring, he tied for fifth overall at the NESCAC Championship, including a 71 on day two for a 108 over 27 holes of play.

Phin Choukas

Sophomore Phin Choukas and senior David Packer were both contributors to the lineup a season ago. Choukas was a 2019 Ping All-Northeast Region Team honoree, who fired 75 or under during 10 of his 13 rounds that covered 18 holes. He tied for eighth place during the NESCAC Qualifier in the fall (75-73), concluding his first year by tying for ninth at the league’s championship (35-75). Choukas shot a season-best score of 71 during his first collegiate round at the Duke Nelson Invitational.

Jordan Bessalel

Packer competed in eight tournaments last year, posting a season-best 73 three times, including the second day of the NESCAC Tournament to finish in a 16th-place tie. He also carded a pair of 77s for a 154 at the NEIGA Championships in October to garner a season-best eighth-place effort.

John Mikus

Junior Jordan Bessalel and sophomore Chris Thompson had solid years on the course for the Panthers. Bessalel competed in the fall season, highlighted by a two-day score of 146 (74-72) during the NESCAC Qualifier to finish in a fourth-place tie. Thompson competed in six tournaments during his first collegiate year for the Panthers. He recorded a season-best 72 on the opening day of the Saratoga Invitational, followed by a 79 to wind up with a 151 and a tie for 16th.

Other returning Panthers who will compete for spots this season are senior John Stenovic, junior John Mikus and sophomores David Ball and Kenneth Dieker. Each has seen playing time in the lineup during their careers, while first-year players will also compete for spots.

Middlebury opens the 2019-20 season when it entertains numerous teams from across the region during the 36th annual Duke Nelson Invitational at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course on September 14-15. Two weeks later, the Panthers will take part in the NESCAC Qualifier on September 28-29 hosted by Tufts at the Sandy Burr Golf Course. The team will also play in the Saratoga Invitational and the Ekwanok Sap Bucket Challenge to round out the fall campaign.