Beavers Place Four Golfers in Top Five, Win at Trinity for First Time Since 2010
NEWINGTON, Conn.—Junior Nicholas Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) closed with a 2-under par 70 and four Babson College competitors finish in the top five to help the Beavers open the season with a 15-shot victory at the Trinity College Bill Detrick Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
Babson followed up Saturday's even-par total of 288 with a 5-over 293 on Sunday to record a 36-hole score of 581 at Indian Hill Country Club. The 17th-ranked Bantams came in second at 596, Amherst College was third at 602, and Tufts University was one stroke behind them in fourth at 603. Western New England University (627) was a distant fifth.
Gianelos carded the low round of the day and came in second overall with a 36-hole total of even-par 144, which was one stroke off the pace of Trinity's Ricardo Paes Leme, who took medalist honors with rounds of 71-72. First-year Jackson Rothwell (Victoria, British Columbia), who held a one-shot lead after Saturday's first round, fired a 75 on Sunday and grabbed a share of third place at 1-over 145 for the weekend.
Junior Chris Bornhorst (West Newton, Mass.) and first-year Sean Fitzgerald (West Newton, Mass.) both shot 72-74 to tie for fifth position at 2-over 146, while sophomore Burt Gesner (Severna Park, Md.) grabbed a share of 23rd place at 12-over 156 after carding a 79 on Sunday.
Junior Martin Jensen (Bronxville, N.Y.) bounced back from an opening round 86 to shoot a final round 79 that left him tied for 38th.
Babson returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Middlebury to compete in the Duke Nelson Invitational.
• The Beavers' victory is their third overall at the Bill Detrick Invitational and first since 2010.
• Sunday's round of 70 by Gianelos matches Rothwell's first round Saturday and Bryan Eger's '11 opening round in 2010 as the program's lowest round at the Trinity event.
• Babson's 581 total is its lowest 36-hole team total since shooting 572 to win at Middlebury in 2017.
• The Beavers have won eight of their last 13 36-hole tournaments going back to April 2018.