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Sophomore Will Collins shot an 84 out of the three seed for Amherst.

Amherst Sends Four to WNEC Invitational

By Alex Kantor

April 19, 2007

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Amherst College men’s golf team played in a mid-week tournament this afternoon at Veteran’s Memorial Golf Club in nearby Springfield, MA. Western New England played host to a dozen Division III institutions. The Lord Jeffs shot a 348 today, playing in a group alongside WNEC, Springfield College, and Elms College.

Due to class scheduling conflicts, Amherst was able to send only four golfers to the tournament, including senior co-captains Andy Bruns (Eaton, OH) and Sean Jules (Chicago, IL), Will Collins (Edina, MN) and Drew Olanoff (New York, NY).

As the top seeds entered the turn, pressure was put on Bruns before his approach shot when the top player from Elms reached the par-5 green in two shots, sticking his ball within 10 feet of the cup. Bruns, who lay up in front of a water hazard, plunked his third shot down just inside the Elms player’s. Bruns was unable to hole his birdie putt, but the par was an impressive finish to a front-side 39.

Jules almost dropped home the shot of the day on the par-4 13th hole, after reaching the green in two. Putting from the fringe, Jules nearly holed out a 40-foot birdie putt, and was left with an easy tap in for par.

Jules was unable to make a 15-foot birdie putt on 16 once again, after reaching the par-4 hole in two shots with a clever bump-and-run using his pitching wedge. The veteran tapped in for his second par of the day just one group after an amazing drive by Bruns left the Lord Jeff just five yards short of the green.

The two top Lord Jeffs wrapped up solid rounds at the par-3 18th hole, with difficult finishes. The tough final hole featured a duo sand trap short of the green, and a large water feature the entire way between tee box and green. Complicating the target was a steep hill behind the green, covered in deep grasses.

Bruns stuck his first shot 15 yards short and to the right of the green, but after a nice chip from sloppy territory was able to hole out a bumpy par putt. Jules flew his tee-shot to the same wet region, but was unable to get up-and-down, finishing his day with a double-bogey.

Collins and Olanoff rounded out the scoring for Amherst, shooting 84 and 94, respectively.

Amherst returns to action next Wednesday, April 25, for the Little Three Championships, hosted by Amherst at Hickory Ridge.

Hosted by WNEC
at Veteran’s Memorial Golf Club, Springfield, MA

Andy Bruns          79
Sean Jules           91
Will Collins           84
Judd Olanoff        94
TEAM                  348