Chris Kendrick (@CKendrick86)
LONGMEADOW, Mass. – The Elms College men's golf team sits ninth on the team leaderboard after the first round of action at the 2015 Blazer Fall Invitational, hosted at Elmcrest Country Club Saturday afternoon.
The Blazers registered a team score of 321 to claim the nine spot. Senior Dan Olive (Jefferson Township, N.J.) fired a team-low 78 to claim a share of 24th. Senior Brian Benson (Agawam, Mass.) was one stroke back in a tie at 32nd with a 79. Sophomores Brian Cowles (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Mike Fleury (West Springfield, Mass.) finished tied at 48th after shooting an 82, while freshman Chris Soderberg (Northampton, Mass.) rounded out the Blazers golfers with a 90 for a share of 81st.
"It's a very exciting time of year when we get to host the Blazer Invitational," said Elms College Head Coach Craig Cowles. It's different this year with a two-day event featuring 20 quality teams, including Occidental [College] all the way from Los Angeles. I thought we left some shots on the course today, and we"ll look to make them up on Sunday."
Occidental College leads the tournament field with a 297 after 18 holes. Babson College is second with a 304, followed by Salem State (306), UMass-Dartmouth (307), and Endicott (309) composed the top 5. Occidental junior Colton Bares (Los Altos, Calif.) tops the individual leaderboard with a 72, while Salem State sophomore Chad Alibozak (Adams, Mass.) is one shot back at 73.
The teams will return to the links for the final round of action Sunday morning. The first waves of groups tee off at 9:20 a.m. The Blazers tee off at 10:40 a.m.
Occidental, Babson, Salem State, UMass-Dartmouth
Endicott, Worcester State, Trinity, Western New England
Elms, Wesleyan, Westfield State, Rhode Island College
Nichols, Emmanuel, Suffolk, Becker
Purchase, Mitchell, MCLA, Albertus Magnus