Sophomore Jesse Corradi and a strong corps of returners will lead the Jeffs this season.

Men's Golf Set for Fall Swing

September 12, 2005

2004-05: A LOOK BACK
The Amherst men's golf team posted five top-10 finishes in eight tournaments in the 2004-05 season, highlighted by a fourth-place showing at the NESCAC Championships. The Jeffs opened their fall season at the Northeast Preview, where they nabbed ninth place. They followed with a 14th-place showing at the Williams Invite, but bounced back with a fourth-place finish at the NESCAC Championships, on the strength of junior Sean Jules' runner-up 76-79-155 performance. The Jeffs wrapped up their fall slate with a 29th-place finish at the 71st Annual New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championships, again led by Jules, who posted a two-day score of 79-81-160 to grab 52nd place.

Amherst opened the spring with a sixth-place finish at the Lou Flumere Invitational, led by senior David Litt's runner-up round of 74. The Jeffs placed 11th at the Palamountain Invitational, where Jules, classmate Andy Bruns and sophomore Jesse Corradi posted strong two-day totals. Bruns and Litt led Amherst to a 10th-place showing at the District One Championships, and then closed out the season with a second-place finish at the Little Three Championships at Williams.

KEY LOSSES
The Jeffs lose senior captain Justin Sharaf and classmates Gifford Sommerkamp and Mike Valentine to graduation. Sharaf, named an All-American Scholar by the Golf Coaches' Association of America, was a three-time All-NESCAC honoree and led the Jeffs in five of their eight tournaments last year. Sommerkamp and Valentine were in and out of placement all year, both winning singles tilts against Wesleyan at the season-ending Little Three Championships.

KEY RETURNEES
Litt and fellow senior co-captain Keith Zalaski will lead the way for the 24th-ranked Jeffs this season, after scoring frequently last year. Jules looks to return to form as one of Amherst's top finishers again this year, while classmate Andy Bruns hopes to contribute as well. Corradi and classmate Judd Olanoff also return, and first-years William Collins, Chris Valentine and Glenn Wong look to bolster a deep and motivated Amherst squad.

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