|Taylor Nordan fired a one-under 71 on Sunday|
NEWINGTON, CT - The Tufts University golf team will play in the 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship next spring after finishing among the top four teams at the conference qualifier held this weekend at Indian Hill Country Club.
The Jumbos finished third out of 10 confererence teams at the event this weekend with a two-round total of 617. It marks the first time that Tufts has been one of the four teams to advance to the conference championship since the Qualifier was instituted in 2007. Prior to that, all of the league's golf teams played in the championship event.
Qualifier host Trinity College won on Sunday with a 582 score (299-283) and will host the 2018 NESCAC Championship on April 28-29 at Indian Hill. Second place Williams College (304-298-602) and fourth-place Amherst (322-299-621) also qualifield for the league championship.
Tufts' four best scores on Saturday totaled to 314 strokes, placing them third with a seven-stroke lead over fourth-place Hamilton (321) after one round. On Sunday the Jumbos were 11 strokes better with a 303 total. They finished four strokes in front of Amherst and eight strokes ahead of fifth-place Hamilton (625).
Senior co-captain Taylor Nordan led Tufts on Sunday with a one-under par 71. Fellow senior co-captain Aaron Corn shot 75 to score second for Tufts. Freshman Harry Theodore carded a 78 and junior Justin Feldman shot 79 as all four Jumbo scoring rounds were under 80.
For the tournament, Corn's 153 including a 78 on Saturday was tops for the Jumbos and 12th overall. Both Nordan (85 on Saturday) and Feldman (77) had two-day 156's to place in a tie for 14th individually.
Trinity's Cole Kelly was individual medalist at the NESCAC Qualifier with a one-under 143 for the two rounds. He shot a -5 68 on Sunday after a 75 on Saturday.
The Jumbos have already earned their best NESCAC finish in 14 years. By virtue of qualifying for the conference championship, they can finish no lower than fourth overall. That would be the best Tufts finish in the conference since the Jumbos were second at the 2003 NESCAC Championship.