CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's golf team returns to action on Saturday morning, traveling to Rochester, N.Y. for the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship.
The event tees off at 8:15 a.m. at Ravenwood Golf Club, a par-72 course that plays more than 7,000 yards at its longest tees.
Last time out, Castleton posted a third-place finish at the Lou Jarvis Memorial Invitational hosted by Johnson St. The Spartans shot a team total of 351 at the par-72, 6,500-yard Jay Peak Resort Golf Course. Luke Salerno led the way with a third-place, nine-over score of 81—just one shot off the pace of second place overall.
Zach Temple has led the team so far this season, averaging a score of 79.3 through six rounds at four different events. His best round of the season came in the opening tournament at the Johnson St. Invitational when he fired a one-over 73. Salerno has been nearly as good as Temple, posting an average round of 80.8 in 2016. The senior has posted two rounds in the 70's this year.
Jacob Erwin has had a strong rookie season, ranking third on the team with an average round of 85.0. Erwin looks to turn it around this weekend and get back on track, as his last two rounds were his worst of the season. Jon Benson is averaging just one-half stroke more than Erwin per round, at 85.5 this season. Benson's rounds of 80-83 at the Duke Nelson Invitational were his best this year, as he finished second on the team. Jordan Ayer rounds out the regular Spartan participants, as he has posted an average round of 87.5 to date. He posted rounds of 84 and 82 at the Middlebury Fall Classic, his best event of the season so far. The rookie looks to get back into scoring range for the Spartans after posting his worst round of the year last weekend.
Castleton did not compete in the ECAC Championships a season ago, but posted a 10th place finish out of 22 teams at the 2014 ECAC New England Championships. At that tournament, Temple led the way with a third-place finish overall after playing rounds of 75 and 79.