WATURBURY, Vt. – Husson University held off a furious Sunday charge by Salem State University to win their sixth consecutive North Atlantic Conference Men's Golf Championship by one stroke at the Country Club of Vermont. The Eagles, who led Salem State and the seven-team field by six shots after Saturday action, finished with a team score of 600 compared to the Vikings 601.
Castleton State College finished in third place with a score of 634, the University of Maine-Farmington came in fourth place with a tally of 663, Maine Maritime Academy was the fifth place team with a score of 689, host Johnson State College came in sixth with a 786, and Green Mountain College was seventh with a count of 851.
Husson's Matt Loubier (Winslow, Maine/Winslow) earned medalist honors by firing a 74 on Sunday after shooting 71 on Saturday for a total score of 145. That number was one stroke better than teammate Chris Hamel (Waterville, Maine/Waterville) who shot 71-75-146 as well as Salem's Nick Zolotas (Peabody, Mass./St. John's Prep) who shot the low-round on Sunday with a 71 following Saturday's 75.
Salem teammates Tom Grant (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) and Matt Sebert (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) had identical weekend scores of 74-77-151 to tie for fourth place while Castleton's Bryan Fitzgerald (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) came in sixth place with a score of 75-77-152.
Led by Zolotas' 71, the Vikings shot a team-low score of 300 on Sunday but it was not enough to overcome the strong play of Loubier, Hamel and the rest of the Eagles. The Vikings were making their first appearance in the North Atlantic Conference Men's Golf Championship in 2011.
WATERBURY, Vt. – Husson University holds a six-shot lead and looks for their sixth consecutive conference title after day one of the 2011 NAC Men's Golf Championship as the Eagles' score of 295 topped the field at the Country Club of Vermont. Salem State University stands in second place (301) while Castleton State College is in third (315). The University of Maine at Farmington (329) is in fourth place while Maine Maritime Academy is in sixth place (339). Host Johnson State College (399) is in sixth place and Green Mountain College (420) is in the seventh spot.
A pair of Husson Eagles sit atop the individual leader board with Chris Hamel (Waterville, Maine/Waterville) and Matt Loubier (Winslow, Maine/Winslow) firing one-under 71's. A pair of Salem State Vikings are three shots back in Tom Grant (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) and Matt Sebert (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) each shooting 73. Husson's Tim Carlson (Mars Hill, Maine/Central Aroostook), Castleton's Bryan Fitzgerald (Shelton, Conn./Shelton), and Salem's Nick Zolotas (Peabody, Mass./St. John's Prep) are tied four shots off the pace at 74.
The two-day tournament will resume on Sunday at 8:30 am with a shotgun start.