TRINITY MEN'S GOLF 2019 Season Recap

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's golf team, led by Head Coach Matt Greason (6th Season), had another outstanding campaign in 2018-19, recording one of their best seasons in program history. The Bantams won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship for the second year in a row and third time ever before finishing 10th at the NCAA Division III Championships in Nicholasville, Ky. this spring. The Bantams also posted an average score of 293.85, shattering the previous program record of 297.95 set by last year's team.

The Bantams opened the season by running away with the season-opening Bill Detrick Invitational at Indian Hill Country Club. Senior tri-captain Will Rosenfield (Baltimore, Md.) finished a full five strokes ahead of the field with a 70 on each round and a final score of 140. Trinity shot just one-over par at 289 on Saturday and bested that performance with a four-under par score of 284 on Sunday to finish at 573 for the weekend and 23 strokes ahead of second-place Babson at 596.

Trinity followed the first weekend of the fall with a second place effort at the Duke Nelson Invitational in Middlebury, Vt. before a third place finish at the Williams Fall Invitational, both featuring fields of over 20 teams. In late-September, Rosenfield continued his run of strong play with a 139 over two days to earn medalist honors by three strokes and help lead the squad to a second place finish at the NESCAC Men's Championships. Trinity senior tri-captain Jack Junge (Lincolnshire, Ill.) tied for 11th at 149, while senior tri-captain Taylor Kay-Green (Needham, Mass.) and classmate Nick Brachina (Summit, N.J.) tied for 16th place at 150.

Junge '19 (left) & Branchina '19 (right)

Trinity boasted the top six scorers of eight golfers for a team score of 447 as the Bantams finished 10 strokes ahead of Middlebury to win the single day Ekwanok Tournament. As the winner of the annual tournament featuring Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, and Williams, the Bantams earn the Sap Bucket for the second time in the five-year history of the event. The team finished the fall at the Saratoga National Golf Club Invitational where Rosenfield shot a career-low 67 in the second round to help win the individual title and lead the way in a tie for first for Trinity in team action.

Will Rosenfield '19

After playing a match versus Hamilton in Vero Beach, Fla. in late-March to kick off the spring schedule, the Bantams finished in a first-place tie with Middlebury at the Dr. Tim Brown Invitational hosted by Skidmore at the Ballston Spa Country Club. Trinity won the tiebreaker as Rosenfeld shot a 70 on Sunday and birdied the 18th hole in a playoff. Rosenfield's Sunday 70 was second-best on the team to Branchina who turned in a 67, the day's second-best round of any golfer.

The team continued its success with another first place performance, this time at the Williams Spring Invitational at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown. The Bantams finished Saturday tied for first with host Williams College before shooting a 283 on Sunday to turn in a final team score of 572. Kay-Green shot a 67 on Sunday to tie for medalist honors while Rosenfield and sophomore Ricardo Paes Leme (Lake Villa, Ill.) both finished in the top-ten as well.

In late-April, the Bantams won their second-straight and third overall NESCAC Men's Golf Championship title by four strokes over Hamilton on Middlebury College's Ralph Myhre Golf Course. Trinity came back from four strokes down after Saturday's rain-shortened, nine-hole round to record a 27-hole total of 430, including a 281 (-3) on Sunday to capture the title and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Rosenfield took home medalist honors, shooting a two-under-par 69 on Sunday to finish with a 103. Junge was one-under-par with a 70 for a 108, while Kay-Green was one stroke back with a 109, including an even-par 71 on the second day. Branchina shot a 110 and Paes Leme rounded out the Bantam top five with a 114 (39-75).

Rosenfield fired a 300 over four rounds to finish 27th overall and lead the Bantams to a best-ever 10th place finish at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships at Keene Trace Golf Club in Kentucky. Trinity finished at 1209 (+57) for the tournament, which was two strokes behind ninth-place Hope and seven better than 11th-place Carnegie Mellon. Illinois Wesleyan won the tournament with with a team score of 1174 (+22). Rosenfield and Junge, who tied for 39th overall at 304, both fired a 73 in Sunday's round, while Kay-Green, Branchina, and Paes Leme each shot a 78 on Sunday on the Champion Trace course. Trinity had not made the cut in its first two appearances in the NCAA Championships, including last season's 34th-place finish.

"These guys gave it everything they had," said Coach Greason. "This was a grueling tournament on difficult courses yet we never lost our way and we stayed together and played for each other the entire week. They should be very proud of their top-10 finish."

"These seniors have accomplished so much in their four years," added Greason. "They will be missed but their legacy of hard work, determination and camaraderie will leave a lasting impression on the program."

After the season, Rosenfield was named the 2019 NESCAC Men's Golfer of the Year and as a semifinalist for the Division II/III Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol, Greason was named both the 2019 Golf Pride Grips Division III Northeast Coach of the Year and the NESCAC Men's Golf Coach of the Year. Both Rosenfield and Greason are earning the top conference honors for the second consecutive season. Rosenfield also joined Kay-Green on the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Ping Northeast All-Region Team, while both Kay-Green and Rosenfield, Junge and Branchina graced the All-NESCAC First Team to give the Bantams four of the seven all-league, first-team selections.

Greason (left) & Kay-Green '19 (right)

Sophomore Alex Dahlem (South Glastonbury, Conn.) was named to the NESCAC All-Academic team after the season while Junge additionally represented the team on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship squad.

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