MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—First-year Lane Bohman (Chatham, Mass.) is one of two players tied atop the leaderboard after firing a 1-under par 70, and the Babson College men's golf team is just two shots off the lead after the opening round of the Duke Nelson Invitational at Ralph Myhre Golf Club.
The Beavers' team score of 289, which is their lowest since the first round of the NECC Championship on October 8, 2011, has them just two strokes off the pace of day-one leader Williams College. Trinity College (290) is three shots back in third place, while Western New England (291) and Tufts University (296) round out the top five.
Bohman became the first player in program history to post a round under par on Ralph Myhre's 6,379-yard, par 71 layout, and will begin Sunday's final round tied on the individual leaderboard with Tom Egbers of St. Lawrence University. Sophomore Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) and first-year Reed Wilson (Redlands, Calif.) both shot 72 and are tied for 12th place at 1-over par, while junior Riley Whitham (Harvard, Mass.) fired a 4-over 75 and is tied for 33rd position.
Sophomore Martin Jensen (Bronxville, N.Y.) finished at 8-over par 79 in his season debut.
Final round play at Middlebury begins at 9 a.m.
• Bohman is the first Babson player to break par in his collegiate debut since Whitham fired a 1-under par 70 at the Newbury College Kickoff Classic.
• The Beavers' team score of 289 is their lowest at the Duke Nelson Invitational since 2001.
• The Green and White was one of 11 teams to break 300 on Saturday. Only three squads broke 300 in last season's 36-hole tournament.