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2001-02 Men's Golf Season Preview

September 12, 2001

2000-01: A LOOK BACK
The Amherst College Men's Golf Team kept busy between competing in both the fall and spring semesters, as well as completing a successful trip to Southern California over spring break.

Leading the way for the Jeffs was Todd Ballaban '03 who earned All-NESCAC First-Team honors after placing second by one stroke in the fall NESCAC Tournament with a two-day score of 159. In the Little Three Tournament in the spring, Ballaban went undefeated on the day with Amherst placing second.

Captain Mike Blaisdell '02 also had a strong year, shooting a two-round 159 as Amherst placed 25th in the New England Championships in the fall, as well as helping the Jeffs to a second-place finish in the NESCAC Tournament. He also was the team's high scorer in the Lou Flumere Massachusetts Intercollegiate Golf Championship in the spring.

Jude Volek '03, put in top performances in the spring, leading the Jeffs in scoring in tournaments at Skidmore and Williams.

Besides its regular season play throughout the northeast, Amherst traveled to Southern California over spring break, playing six different courses in five days, highlighted by a two-under par 69 from Blaisdell.

2001-02: A LOOK AHEAD
Amherst returns a strong core of experienced golfers who know what it's like to compete for NESCAC supremacy. Behind senior Mike Blaisdell who returns for his second season as captain, the Jeffs will try to improve on their second-place finishes in both the NESCAC championship in the fall, and the Little Three Tournament in the spring.

Amherst also returns All-NESCAC First-Team performer Todd Ballaban who placed second individually in the NESCAC Tournament as a sophomore, as well as classmate Jude Volek who had a strong spring, leading the Jeffs' scoring in two tournaments.

In addition, senior John Frechette and junior Steve Collins played well in the spring of 2001, and will be important assets during the season. Also, first-years Justin Sharaf and Michael Valentine will look to contribute.

Amherst College has enjoyed an outstanding national reputation for over 175 years because of its academic tradition and educational standards. Amherst athletic teams have been a strong contributing factor to this "tradition of excellence."

As part of the athletic program, Amherst golf has emerged as one of the most successful in the East. In recent years, the Lord Jeffs have won six Massachusetts State Championships, won the New England Championship, and qualified for the NCAA Championships 13 times. In addition, the Jeffs have graduated nine All-Americans and six Academic All-Americans.

Amherst has a strong commitment to the game of golf and its golf facilities are among the finest in New England. The golf team has a nine-hole course and an 18-hole track available for play and practice. Practice fields and balls are immediately available on campus while an indoor facility includes a room dedicated exclusively to golf with driving nets, pitch and putt pads, mirrors and extensive video equipment.