May 4, 2017
As the academic year comes to a close, so does the spring athletic season. Over the past two weekends, both men’s and women’s golf wrapped up their seasons.
Hamilton women’s golf had their final tournament of the spring over the weekend of April 22 and 23. They traveled to the Williams Spring Invitational, held at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, MA. The Continentals did not have a great start to the tournament. On Saturday the team’s top four totaled 360, which put them in sixth place. After the first round, two of Hamilton’s golfers were in the top 20. Katie Veasey ’17 shot an 83, good enough for a tie for 17th place, and Libbie Warner ’19 took one more shot, totaling 84 on the day, which put her in 20th place. The team was able to adjust to the conditions of the course, and the second round was marked by great improvement. The team totaled 343, a full 17 strokes less than they did on the previous day. Warner played one of the best rounds of the entire tournament. She needed just 75 strokes to complete the course. Out of the entire competition, there was only one round that had a lower score. Due to her great day, Warner improved to 9th on the individual leader board, shooting a combined total of 159. Charlotte Chandler ’17 also improved a lot from the first round. She shot an 83, which was 13 strokes better than the previous day. Chandler finished in 24th place individually. While Veasey performed slightly worse in the second round than the first, she still was good enough to finish in a tie for 21st place. Annie McClanahan ’20 was consistent all weekend and posted the fourth-best score for Hamilton, contributing to the team’s fifth-place finish. They beat out sixth-place Long Island University Post by just three strokes. While Carly Harten’s ’17 scores did not contribute to the team’s total, she did improve by 13 strokes on her second round. Up and down the roster, Continental golfers posted great scores and ended their season on a good note.
That weekend the men’s team also participated in the Williams Spring Invitational at Taconic Golf Club. The Continentals finished in fifth-place out of the seven teams at the event. The team was very consistent and posted a four-person team score of 312 on both days. Joe Tigani ’18 had a terrific tournament. He opened with a first round score of 72 and then improved it by shooting a 69 on Sunday. The two-under round was tied for his career best. Bobby Osborn ’20 continued his impressive first-year campaign finishing in a tie for 20th place. Osborn shot a 78 in both rounds. In eight of his ten rounds this season, Osborn has shot below 80. Greg Reeves ’17 shot a 79 in the first round.
The men’s team finished their season this past weekend. They participated in the Laker Spring Tournament at Oswego Country Club in Oswego, New York. The first round was very close across the board. The Continentals four-player score of 322 was good enough for third place, just two strokes behind the leaders. Tigani played well throughout the entire course: his round of 73 was the best of the day. Jeremy Benjamin ’19 shot an 80, which put him in a tie for ninth place, and Matt Cesare ’20 was in 19th place after the first day.
Across the board the Continentals improved in the second round. Their team score improved by 15 strokes and was down to 307 for the second round. Tigani did even better in the second round. He shot a 70, which brought his two-day 36-hole total to 143. Tigani won the tournament and was a full six shots ahead of the second place finisher. Osborn had an incredible day. He shot a 76, six shots better than the previous day, and finished in a tie for tenth place. He went into the final round in a tie for 24th. Cesare also had a superb day. He shot a 78 and moved up to a tie for 12th place. Benjamin finished with a tie for 18th place. Overall, the Spring Laker Tournament was full of success for the Continental men’s golf team. It was a great way to end a successful season.
Both the men’s and women’s teams had impressive seasons. The women’s team will miss the leadership and talent of their three seniors next year: Chandler, Harten and Veasey. The men’s team is bringing back all but one player; however, they will miss Reeves’ presence. For both teams, optimism abounds as they look forward to the fall 2017 season.