BANGOR, Maine – The Castleton men's golf team posted an improved score on day two of the North Atlantic Conference Championship, but it wasn't enough to improve its position as the team finished in fourth place.
The Spartans posted a two-day total of 618 (+50) to finish just two strokes behind the third-place team, the University of Maine at Farmington (616, +48).
Zach Temple led the way for Castleton over the two-day tournament, shooting rounds of 71 (E) and 73 (+2) to finish second overall at three strokes over par in the Championship. Temple had seven birdies on the weekend, the second-highest total of any competitor.
Jon Benson fired a day-two score of 75 (+4) to give him a tournament total of 155 (+13). The senior moved up eight spots on day two, beginning in a tie for 20th place and finished tied for 12th overall.
Jacob Erwin finished the tournament with a total score of 156 after shooting rounds of 76 (+5) and 80 (+9). The rookie made five birdies in the tournament and played the three par-5 holes on the course to a total of -3 over the course of the tournament.
Luke Salerno rounded out the scoring for Castleton, shooting six strokes better on day two to move into fourth on the team and tied for 25th overall. Salerno shot an 86 (+15) on day one before bouncing back with an 80 (+9) on the second day of the tournament.
Husson was the runaway winner, as the host institution was 26 strokes better than the second-place team with a score of 584 (+16) over the two-day tournament. Salem St. finished second with a total of 610 (+42) over two days. Maine Maritime (641, +73) finished in fifth place, while Johnson St. (647, +79), MCLA (654, +86) and Green Mountain (772, +204) rounded out the tournament.
Husson's Daulton Wickenden was the top finisher at the tournament, going -1 over two days. Wickenden was two-under par (69) after day one, and shot a day-two score of 72 (+1) to finish atop the leaderboard. The Eagles placed two other golfers in the top five as Mackenzie Clow and Philip Thome finished in third and fourth place, respectively. Salem St.'s Chad Alibozek rounded out the top five with a two-day score of 148 (+6).
Castleton continues its season next Sunday, Oct. 23, at the NEIGA Championship in Brewster, Mass.