Sanderson Leads USM at NEIGA Championship
BREWSTER, Mass. -- Senior Parker Sanderson (Bangor, Maine) carded a 5-over par 77 on Monday to finish in a five-way tie for 37th place as the University of Southern Maine golf team finished in a tie for 17th place at the 85th Annual New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship played Sunday and Monday at the Captain's Course in Brewster, Mass.
Babson College put on an impressive display capturing the top four spots on the leaderboard to take the team title with a 36-hole total of 13-over par 589. Johnson and Wales University was the runner-up at 604. Completing the top five teams were Nichols College at 620, Western New England University at 632 and Springfield College at 634. Nicholas Gianelos of Babson took the individual title posting a two-day total of 1-over par 145.
Sanderson rebounded from his opening round 85 to jump up 30 spots in the final standings. The senior opened with a birdie on the first hole and went out in 1-under par 35, then came home in 6-over 42 for his 77 and a two-day total of 162.
Seniors Ryan Dee (Houlton, Maine) and Brendon Croteau (Lewiston, Maine) finished in a four-way tie for 73rd place at 170. Dee posted an 83 in the final round while Croteau came in with an 86. Completing the USM scoring was senior Kyle Morin (Lewiston, Maine) at 171 after carding an 86 on Monday.
Also playing for the Huskies was sophomore Jacob Currie (Lebanon, Maine/Noble) who had rounds of 88 and 91.
At Saturday evening's banquet prior to the start of the tournament, the NEIGA honored veteran University of Southern Maine head coach Reggie Grant with its Gordon McCullough Award as the "New England Coach Honoree" in recognition of outstanding service to New England college golf.
The NEIGA Championship is the final event on the Huskies fall schedule. The Huskies, winners of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship, will have some spring season events including a trip to the NCAA Division III National Championships in May.