Husson Clinches Eighth-Straight Golf Title

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Husson University Men's Golf

ROCKPORT, Maine – Entering Sunday with a 12-stroke lead, Husson University posted a 311 in the second round of the 2013 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championships at Samoset Resort, narrowly edging hard charging Salem State University for the Eagles' eighth conference championship in as many years. Husson posted a 36-hole total of 608, giving the Eagles five strokes on the Vikings at 613.

Salem State's Cameron Daley (Duxbury, Mass.) shot 73 on Sunday for a two-round total of 145 to capture the individualist medal honors in the field of 35. He led his team to a Sunday low-round of 304. Husson's Lance Bernier (Lincoln, Maine) finished second with a 149, followed by Maine Maritime's Keenan Kalthoff (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Castleton's Zach Temple (Hartland, Vt.) with scores of 153. Taylor Dunn (Williamstown, Mass.) from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Husson's Bill Hutchins (Hampden, Maine) rounded out the top five with 154 strokes each. Dunn improved by eight strokes on Sunday.

The Vikings led Husson on the scoreboard until the last group of golfers came back to the clubhouse. Playing in the fifth position on Sunday, the Eagles' Greg Martin (Ellsworth, Maine) played the role of savior for Husson, finding the final hole on his 71st stroke of the day. Martin, who finished seventh overall, entered Sunday with an 84 on his card in 22nd place. When the dust settled, he stood seventh after shooting 22 pars, two birdies and an eagle on the weekend.

Salem State placed four golfers in the top 10. In addition to the medalist, Daley, Craig Farley (Bradford, Mass.) and Tom Grant (Mansfield, Mass.) tied for eighth with two round totals of 156. Teammate Kevin Dyer (Beverly, Mass.) was a stroke and place behind.

Paced by Kalthoff's Sunday 73, host Maine Maritime Academy finished third overall. The Mariners were 30 strokes behind Salem State, and edged fourth place Castleton by three strokes. Maine-Farmington was 10-strokes behind the Spartans at 656, followed by MCLA and Johnson State, in sixth and seventh places, respectively.

Maine Maritime churned out consistent scoring down the lineup from Kalthoff. Dan Mackenzie (Millinocket, Maine) shaved a shot from Saturday to finish with a 159, in a four-way tie for 11th. Mariners occupied 19th through 22nd places with Kevin Pepin (Candia, N.H.) shooting 165,Nathan Roop (Gorham, Maine) shooting 166 and Thomas Beal (Jonesport, Maine) shooting 169.

Castleton placed three golfers in the field's top 20. Temple led the Spartans charge. Daniel Hogan (Burlington, Vt.) carded 159 to tie for 11th, while Justin Del Bianco (Rutland, Vt.) posted a 165 for 19th place overall. Jack Ralbovsky (Bennington, Vt.) rounded out Castleton's scoring four with a 169, earning 22nd place.

Playing the final round of his career, Maine-Farmington's David Berthiaume (Allenstown, N.H.)carded a career-low 78 to finish in the four-way logjam at 11th on the leaderboard. Farmington finished fifth overall with three golfers in the top 20. Simon Rollins (South China, Maine) was 17th with a 36-hole score of 162. Joe Messerman (Brunswick, Maine) came in at 164 for 18th place.

Husson, by virtue of its championship, earns the NAC automatic qualifier, and will represent the conference in the 2014 NCAA Division III National Championships.


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October 12, 2013

ROCKPORT, Maine – Husson University fought through a steady ocean breeze at Samoset Resort to post a 297 in the first of two rounds at the 2013 North Atlantic Conference Golf Championships. The Eagles Lance Bernier (Lincoln, Maine) is tied with Castleton State's Cameron Daley (Duxbury, Mass.) atop of the individual standings in the 35-golfer field, each having shot 72 on the par 70, 6,108-yard course.

Husson, defending seven-straight NAC Championships, owns a 12-stroke lead on Salem State University, which shot 309 on Saturday. Maine Maritime is third at 321, followed by Castleton at 325 and Maine-Farmington at 329. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is in sixth place at 348. Johnson State College rounds out the seven-team field at 389.
Bernier shot par on 13 holes and birdied holes two and 14 en route to his 72. Husson had four players post par on 10 or more holes and got three birdies from Porter Gervais (New Limerick, Maine) and Bill Hutchins (Hampden, Maine). Hutchins sits in third place with a 73 on Saturday. Gervais' 75 was good enough for sixth place through 18 holes. Greg Pike (Pomfret, Conn.) sits seventh, putting the birds' scoring four in the top ten.


Daley birdied the par-five fourth as well as the 14th for Salem State. He shot par on a dozen holes, finishing two strokes over par. Daley was one of three Vikings in the top ten, with their fourth scoring golfer in a five-way tie for 11th. Kevin Dyer (Beverly, Mass.) shot a tied-for-field best four birdies to card a 78 for eighth place. Craig Farley (Bradford, Mass.) is a stroke and place behind at 79, while Tom Grant (Mansfield, Mass.) is knotted with three Maine Maritime golfers for 11th at 80.


The Mariners' Keenan Kalthoff (Fallbrook, Calif.), Dan MacKenzie (Millinocket, Maine) and Nathan Roop (Gorham, Maine) each signed off on an 80. Kalthoff narrowly missed an ace when his tee shot went in and out of the cup on the 11th, breaking the plastic on the bottom. He parred nine holes on the day, while Roop shot par on 10. MacKenzie carded seven pars and a birdie. The Mariners' five-man, Kevin Pepin (Candia, N.H.) posted an 81 to round out Maine Maritime's scoring.

With 10 pars and a pair of birdies, Zac Temple (Hartland, Vt.) paced Castleton with a 74, tying for fourth place through the first round. Dan Hogan (Burlington, Vt.) marked down a par on nine holes and took birdies on two more for a Saturday 79, tying with Salem State's Farley for ninth place.


After a tough start on the opening hole, Farmington's Joe Messerman (Brunswick, Maine) rebounded with eight pars, including one on each of the Samoset's three par fives, and a pair of birdies for an 80, leaving him in the five-way logjam at 11th. David Berthiaume (Allenstown, N.H.) shot 81 to tie for 16th, while teammate Simon Rollins (South China, Maine)carded an 82 for 19th. Rollins shot four birdies Saturday afternoon. Aaron Rivard (Acton, Maine) rounded out the Beavers' scoring with an 86 for 25th place.


MCLA's Cam Boraski (Dalton, Mass.) highlighted the Trailblazers afternoon with the day's only eagle. Boraski, who shot par or better on each of the first seven holes, needed three shots to traverse the par-five, 503-ayrd fourth. He birdied the second and tenth and marked a par on eight holes Saturday to finish his round with a 74, which leaves him in a tie for fourth place heading into Sunday. Taylor Dunn (Williamstown, Mass.) shot 81 to tie for 16th, while Padraig Dougherty (Pittsfield, Mass.) carded an 85 to tie for 23rd.


Johnson State got an 87 from Josh Reed (Sycamore, Ill.) to lead the Badgers effort at the tournament. He enters Sunday's round tied for 26th place.


The NAC's golfers tee it up at 9:00 am on Sunday.

October 9, 2013

Maine Maritime Academy and the Samoset Resort will play host to the 2013 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Golf Championship Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13. 

The 36-hole event will begin Saturday at 10 a.m., and will conclude Sunday after all rounds have been completed. Tee times for Sunday's final round will begin at 9 a.m.

Seven teams will vie for the conference title that has been held by Husson University for the last seven seasons.

The Eagles were picked to win their eighth-straight title in a preseason poll of the NAC coaches with four first-place votes, and have seen Bill Hutchins, Lance Bernier, Porter Gervais, and Greg Pike sweep the conference's Golfer of the Week awards this season.

Salem State, which finished 12 strokes back in the 2012 championship, will look to Tom Grant and Taylor Alvarado, both all-conference second team recipients a year ago, to lead the charge.

Freshman Zach Temple, who has won four-straight Rookie of the Week awards, will lead Castleton, who was picked to finish third in the poll.

Maine Maritime hopes to lean on the trio of Keenan Kalthoff, Dan Mackenzie, and newcomer Nathan Roop to unseat the Eagles.

UMaine-Farmington, Johnson State and MCLA round out the seven-team field.


Date – Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 2013

Where – Samoset Resort – Rockland, Maine (6,150 yard, par-70)

Competing Institutions – Castleton, UMaine-Farmington, Husson, Johnson State, Maine Maritime, MCLA, Salem State

Saturday Start – 10 a.m.

Sunday Start – 9 a.m.

Format – The championship will be a 36-hole format with five golfers from each institution competing.  The scores of the lowest four individuals on each team, total strokes over the two days, will count toward the team total.  The team with the lowest total will be declared the champion.