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Johnson ties for ninth place at NESCAC Fall Qualifier

Garrett Johnson became Bates' first All-NESCAC golfer since 2008 on Sept. 29, 2013. File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Senior captain Garrett Johnson will receive NESCAC All-Conference honors from the New England Small College Athletic Conference, after leading the Bates men's golf team to ninth place at the NESCAC Men's Golf Fall Qualifier, which concluded Sunday at Brunswick Golf Club.

Johnson (Lexington, Mass.) tied for ninth place among 50 individuals with both Eric Laorr and Fitz Bowen of Middlebury, with a two-day total of 154 strokes. He followed Saturday's 76 with a 78 on Sunday.

The Bobcats finished with a four-man, two-day score of 656, creeping two strokes closer to the two teams that tied for seventh place, Colby and Hamilton (648 apiece). Wesleyan trailed far behind the Bobcats at 724. Middlebury won the rights to host host the NESCAC Golf Championship on April 26-27. The top four teams -- Middlebury, Trinity, Amherst and Williams -- qualify for the championship.

Johnson becomes Bates' first All-NESCAC selection in golf since 2008, when Lee Smith '12 captured First Team and Rookie of the Year honors.

First-year player Alex Stekler (Avon, Conn.) dropped two strokes from his first-day score with an 82 to tie for 33rd place, second among the Bobcats. Junior Garret Bonney (Sudbury, Mass.) shot a 167 for a share of 35th place, and first-year Brad Rutkin (Great Neck, N.Y.) was in a five-way tie for 37th at 169. Senior Aidan Schmidtberger (Upper Black Eddy, Pa.) tied for 42nd at 170.

Team Results

1.) Middlebury - 292-303--595*

2.) Trinity - 306-306--612*

3.) Amherst - 317-302--619*

4.) Williams - 307-315--622*

5.) Bowdoin - 311-315--626

6.) Tufts - 318-323--641

7.) Colby - 323-325--648     

Hamilton - 323-325--648

9.) Bates - 328-328--656

10.) Wesleyan - 365-359--724

Saturday Recap

Garrett Johnson was tied for eighth place at the end of the first day of competition at the NESCAC Men's Golf Fall Qualifier.

The Bobcats sat in ninth place in the team standings, well ahead of 10th-place Wesleyan with a four-player combined score of 328. 

Johnson shot a 76 Saturday and sat in a seven-way tie for eighth place among 50 players. 

Bonney recorded Bates' second-best score of the day, shooting an 83 for sole possession of 35th place. Stekler and Rutkin turned in an 84 and 85, respectively, while Schmidtberger was right behind at 86.