RUTLAND, Vt. – The Castleton University men's golf program was well represented at Sunday's qualifier at Rutland Country Club for the 2017 Vermont State Amateur Championship, as head coach Brian Hill as well as three Spartan alumni successfully qualified for the state tournament.
Among the 42 competitors participating in the one-round qualifier Sunday, Hill finished in a tie for sixth place, shooting 77 (+7) thanks to birdies on the par-three 15th hole and par-four 17th hole. Alex Moore, a member of the Castleton men's golf team from 2006 to 2009, also shot 77, posting birdies on both par-five holes (4th and 13th) along the way.
Justin Del Bianco, a two-time All-NAC Second Team honoree as a member of the Castleton golf squad from 2013 to 2015, collected three birdies (3rd, 6th, and 15th holes) as he shot 78 (+8) to finish in a tie for 11th place. Jon Benson, a participant for the Spartan golf team in 2015 and 2016, played a steady round of 79 (+9) with 12 pars to end up in a tie for 14th place and earn one of the final qualifying spots.
Zach Temple, a three-time team MVP who completed his collegiate career this past season, automatically qualified for this year's state amateur championship after finishing in a tie for 16th place at the 2016 Vermont Amateur Championship. Another three-time Castleton team MVP is defending Vermont Amateur champion Bryan Smith, who led the Spartans from 2005 to 2007 and won last year's tournament by eight strokes.
The 2017 Vermont State Amateur Championship will take place Tuesday, July 11, through Thursday, July 13, at the Dorset Field Club, the oldest continuously operating golf course in the United States, in Dorset, Vt.