WATERVILLE, Maine – After posting three top-five team finishes with a win at its own tournament this season, the Castleton University men's golf team has been selected fifth in the North Atlantic Conference Pre-Championship Coaches Poll, as announced by the league office on Thursday afternoon.
11 programs will take to the course at the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury on Saturday and Sunday to battle for the title of 2018 NAC Champion. Competitors will face a grueling, 6,700-yard, par-71 course for 36 holes of action.
The Spartans collected 67 total points in the poll, as voted on by NAC head coaches. Husson claimed the top spot on the poll with 10 first-place votes for a total of 120 points. Salem State was second, with 94 points, while the University of Maine at Farmington was third with 74 points and Maine Maritime was fourth with 73 points and one first-place vote.
The Spartans finished top-five in the field at three different tournaments this fall, placing third at the NVU-Johnson Invitational to open the season and fifth at the MCLA Trailblazer Invitational before topping the field for their first win of the season at the Castleton Invitational in late September.
In the lineup for Castleton will be Jacob Erwin, who led the Spartans with a 78.5 stroke average this fall; Nicholas Ojala, who was on Erwin's heels with a 78.6 average; Jordon Ayer, who carded an average round of 81.9; Tripp Norris, who posted an average of 85.1; and Caleb Fizer, who rounded out the lineup this season with an average round of 90.0.
Castleton placed seventh at last season's championship at the Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield, Mass., while Husson won its 13th NAC men's golf championship by a total of 26 strokes over second-place Salem State.