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Defending NESCAC Runner-Up Men's Golf Set for Fall Swing

September 8, 2004

2003-04: A LOOK BACK
The Amherst men’s golf team posted a solid 2003-04 season, highlighted by eight top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments. The Jeffs opened their fall slate at the Duke Nelson Invitational, hosted by Middlebury College, where they nabbed eighth place. They followed with an 11th-place showing at the Williams Invitational, and bounced back with consecutive runner-up finishes at the NESCAC Championships and the Western New England College (WNEC) Invitational. Junior Mike Valentine, sophomore David Litt and first-years Sean Jules and Drew Russ all placed in the top 10 at the NESCAC Championships, led by Jules’ 35-41-76, good for third overall. Jules paced the Jeffs at WNEC as well, shooting a 73, again placing third. Amherst wrapped up its fall season with a 10th-place showing at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships, held at the Captains Golf Course in Brewster, MA, and a sixth-place finish at the Toski Invitational, held at the Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst, MA. Junior captain Justin Sharaf led the way in both tournaments.

Amherst started the spring season with a 14th-place showing at the Bentley College Lou Flumere Invitational and a ninth-place finish at the Williams Spring Challenge, where Sharaf paced the Jeffs with a 37-42-79. He then led Amherst to seventh-place finishes at Skidmore College’s Palamountain Invitational and the District 1 Shootout, hosted by Williams, earning medallist honors and firing a season-low 73-76-149 at Skidmore, and a ninth-place 77-78-155 at Williams. The Jeffs closed their season with a second-place showing at the Little Three Championships, surrendering just half a match to Wesleyan University, 11.5 to .5, but falling to Williams by just one match, 6.5to 5.5.

The Jeffs lost just one senior to graduation. Daniel Altschuler was in and out of placement all year and earned a pair of key match victories in the Little Three Championships.

Sharaf will lead the way after posting the Jeffs’ best round in six of 10 tournaments last year. He also earned Second-Team All-NESCAC and Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA)/PING All-Northeast Region honors for the second consecutive season. Valentine has been a consistent contributor for the Jeffs and looks to step up his performance in his final campaign. Litt played in the No. 2 position all of last year and expects to have another good season. Also returning for the Lord Jeffs are junior Keith Zalaski, Jules, Russ and sophomore Andrew Bruns.