MEDFORD – The Tufts University golf team will host the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Qualifier for the first time this weekend at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland.
Head coach George Pendergast's Jumbos will welcome nine other schools from the conference to Sandy Burr for a tournament which will determine the four teams that will play in the 2020 NESCAC Championship next April 25-26. This weekend's first-place team will host the conference championship.
"We're really excited about hosting this event," Pendergast said. "I think the other NESCAC players and coaches will have fun at Sandy Burr. It's in great shape right now."
Tufts will be attempting to advance to the spring championship for the third year in a row. They earned the fourth and final qualifying spot in 2018 after placing third at the 2017 Qualifier.
The Jumbos have an experienced group heading into the weekend. Starters Brandan Karr and Harry Theodore played for both of Tufts' qualifying teams. Karr also started as a freshman at the 2016 Qualifier when the Jumbos placed fifth to just miss advancing. Mac Bredahl and Henry Hughes, who will also start this weekend, were part of last year's squad that overtook Williams College on the second day of the Qualifier to earn a championship spot. Sophomore Travis Clauson will also start for the Jumbos this weekend.
Bredahl tied for fourth individually last year with rounds of 74 and 72 for a 146 total. Theodore was tied for eighth (76-72-148).
This fall, Bredahl has Tufts' best tournament score of 147 (77-70) at Middlebury's Duke Nelson Invitational. Karr shot 148 (73-75) at last weekend's Williams Fall Invitational.
All 10 NESCAC schools were represented at the Williams tournament last weekend and Tufts finished fourth behind the host Ephs, Trinity and Hamilton.
"Between the depth and quality of this year's team and home course advantage, we are really prepared to compete at the highest level this weekend," Pendergast said. "Nothing is ever certain in NESCAC golf, but we believe that a third consecutive top-four finish is attainable."
Sandy Burr Country Club is a public course encompassing 6,427 yards of golf for a par 72.