CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's golf team returns to action this coming weekend, October 15-16, as the squad travels to Bangor, Maine for the North Atlantic Conference Championship at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course.
The 36-hole event will begin Saturday at 10:00 a.m., and will conclude Sunday after all rounds have been completed. Tee times for Sunday's final round will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Eight teams will vie for the 2016 conference championship that was captured by Husson a season ago. The Eagles held the title for eight-straight seasons before Salem State earned the championship in 2014. The 2016 NAC Champion will earn the conference's automatic bid into the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship.
Castleton enters the tournament after posting a 10th place finish at the ECAC Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship at the Ravenwood Golf Club in Rochester, N.Y. on October 2.
Zach Temple has been the team's top player all season, as the senior and two-time First Team All-Conference golfer has posted an average round of 77.6. He posted his best round of the year last time out as he went two-under par with a round of 70 at the ECAC Regional Championship. His two-day total of 145 was good for a seventh-place finish and All-Tournament Team honors. Temple finished third overall at last season's NAC Championship to lead the Spartans.
Luke Salerno is slotted at the No. 2 position after a senior season in which he has posted an average round of 80.9. Salerno has shaved nearly three full strokes off his average from a season ago (83.8) and has shot 82 or better in seven of his eight rounds in 2016. Salerno tied for 19th overall at last season's NAC Championship with a two-day score of 172.
Freshmen Jacob Erwin and Jordan Ayer make their NAC Championship debuts with season, as the two have been in the Spartan lineup all season. Erwin has an average round score of 84.3 with a low round of 77 on the second day of the ECAC Regional Championship. Ayer has posted an average round of 86.3, shooting a season-best score of 79 on day one of the ECAC Regional Championship. Jon Benson rounds out the lineup in the No. 5 spot, as the senior is also making his NAC Championship debut. Benson has posted an average round of 84.1—third best for the Spartans—after playing his best golf of the year at the ECAC Regional Championship.
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