Men’s Golf Takes Aim at Strong 2016-17 Campaign

Men’s Golf Takes Aim at Strong 2016-17 Campaign

The Amherst College men's golf team returned to the NESCAC Championship tournament last season, and will look to build on its success from a year ago as it begins its 2016-17 campaign under the direction of head coach Jack Arena '83 who enters his 23rd season at the helm of the program.

Amherst returns six players from last year's squad which finished third of 10 teams at the 2015 NESCAC Qualifier, including Dan Langa '18 and Jack Burlison '19, and 2016-17 team captain Liam Fine '17. Burlison was named a First Team All-NESCAC selection while Langa earned second team praise after the duo paced the Purple & White to qualification for the NESCAC Championship. Amherst finished third during championship action last spring at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course on the campus of Middlebury College.

Fine finished in the top 20 in last season's NESCAC Qualifier with a two-day total of 160 (76-84), while Procter added a two-day score of 162 (82-80). Henriksen turned in a combined score of 173 (88-85) at the Williams Spring Opener, while Wiesner was four shots behind.

"We hope to build on our third place finish in the NESCAC Championships last year," Arena stated. "We have a solid group of returners, and welcome in a large and talented group of first years. I'm optimistic that we can be as competitive as we've been in a long time."

Amherst began its 2015-16 campaign 10th of 20 teams at the two-day Williams Fall Invitational, and added a 16th place mark at the 32nd annual Duke Nelson Invitational hosted by Middlebury. Following the NESCAC Qualifier, the Purple & White powered to a sixth place showing at the ECAC Division III Championship to close out the fall portion of its schedule. Amherst opened its spring slate at the Hampton Inn Invitational hosted by UMass-Dartmouth and placed eighth, before securing second place at the Little III Championship against league foes Williams and Wesleyan University. The Purple & White then posted a sixth place finish at the Williams Spring Opener.

The 2016-17 season begins in similar fashion. Amherst starts its slate at the two-day Bill Detrick Invitational hosted by Trinity College on Sept. 10-11, before heading to the Duke Nelson and Williams Fall Invitationals on Sept. 17-18, and Sept. 24-25 respectively. The fall portion of Amherst's schedule concludes with the NESCAC Qualifier on Oct. 1-2 in Middlebury, Vt. The winner will then host the NESCAC championship on April 29-30, 2017.

Returning alongside Fine, Langa, and Burlison are juniors Justin Henriksen, Sam Procter, and Mateo Wiesner.

After the addition of just one player to the roster a year ago, Amherst welcomes in a host of talented newcomers to the team including senior Nick Kafker. Kafker returns to the Purple & White lineup following an injury-plagued junior season and will look to build on a strong finish to his sophomore campaign in 2015 in which he carded a two-day score of 173 at the Trinity College Invtiational.

Junior John Arena, and sophomore Max Root, along with seven first-years including Cameron Clark, Jeffrey Herr, Jack Klein, Nicholas Kumamoto, Will Lonnquist, Nick Sullivan, and Cole Vissicchio will join the team for the 2016-17 season.

Not yet a member of the Friends of Amherst Men's Golf for the 2016-17 year? Become a first-time member of or renew your membership in the FAA and support Coach Arena and the men's golf program. Make a gift ahead of the team's first invitational at Trinity College on Saturday and Sunday, September 9-10 in Hartford, Conn. Go Amherst!