MEDFORD – The Tufts golf team looks to compete for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) top spot in this 2017 fall season as they are returning the majority of their top players from last season.
|Taylor Nordan is one of the co-captains for the golf team this season|
Out of the five scheduled tournaments on the Jumbos' schedule, the team has a goal to win at least one of them this season. The hopes are also high for the team to at least match its strong finish at the New England Championships, where they tied for fourth place out of 20 teams last October.
George Pendergast enters his fourth year as the head coach of the Jumbos. The team also aims to qualify for the NESCAC Championship in the spring by earning one of the top four spots in the conference qualifier this fall.
"We have a very cohesive team with good chemistry," Coach Pendergast said. "This group has a great combination of talent and depth and we have high hopes for the fall season moving forward."
The golf team graduated lone senior Owen Elliot, who was a three-time All-NESCAC Second Team honoree. The Jumbos placed among the top five overall in seven out of eight events. They came in the top three in three of those events, including placing first overall out of 17 teams in the Hampton Inn Invitational, in which they finished six strokes ahead of second-place Babson. Despite the loss of their top player, the Jumbos have more than enough talent returning to feed off of last year's success and continue to be competitive in every tournament.
The golf team will be captained by seniors Taylor Nordan and Aaron Corn. Nordan averaged 77.2 strokes per round and Corn finished third overall in the Hampton Inn Invitational with a 79-77-156 ledger. These leaders both found success as holders of top spots last season and look to continue on this path in the future.
Junior Justin Feldman and sophomore Ethan Sorkin will be competing for top spots in the line-up moving forward into the season. Both of these players made significant adjustments in the second round of the New England Championship last year with eight (Feldman) and seven (Sorkin) stroke improvements to help the Jumbos jump up five places to finish in a tie for fourth overall. Sorkin also had an impressive couple of rounds at the Hampton Inn Invitational where he finished 23rd overall out of the 17-team tournament.
Sophomore Brandon Karr will be adding depth to the team as well as he had a solid year with consistent scoring in the 70's. During the Wildcat Spring Invitational, Karr shot an impressive 158 two-day total which landed him a 20th overall spot in the 17-team tournament late last spring.
The Jumbo golf team looks to develop their young and talented roster and continue to compete for top spots in each tournament this fall.
The Jumbos will be competing in the Detrick Invitational in Newington, Conn. on (Sep. 9-10), Duke Nelson Middlebury Invitational in Middlebury, Vt. on (Sep. 16-17), Williamstown Invitational in Williamstown, Mass. (Sep. 23-24), NESCAC Qualifier in Hartford, Conn. (Sep. 30-Oct. 1), Blazer Invitational in South Hadley, Mass. (Oct. 8), and the New England Championships in Brewster, Mass. (Oct. 22-23).
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern