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Men's Golf Set for Spring Swing
April 11, 2001

Head Coach Jack Arena '83
Head Coach Jack Arena '83
also led the men's hockey
team to the NESCAC
Tournament Championship Game
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College men's golf team looks to pick up where it left off last fall as the 2001 spring season kicks into full gear. The Jeffs, under the guidance of head coach Jack Arena '83 and assistant coach E.J. Mills, will face four tournament challenges this spring, culminating with the Little III Championship on Wednesday, May 2. There, the squad hopes to avenge last year's narrow loss to the archrival Ephs of Williams College.

Leading the Jeffs is junior captain Mike Blaisdell (South Strafford, VT), who hopes to improve on a solid fall, including a two-round total of 159 to lead the team to a top-25 finish at the New England Championships. Joining Blaisdell is fellow junior John Frechette (Weston, MA) and a trio of seniors whose experience will surely help the team's cause this season. Mark Still (Devon, PA), whose two-day total of 153 paced the team at the 2000 Williams Invitational, and Robert Lutzker (Washington, D. C.), are both returning from successful fall seasons. Additionally, the team will be joined by Charles Franklin (Avon, CT), who spent last fall with the soccer team.

Filling out the roster is a talented group of underclassmen. Sophomore Todd Ballaban's (Thousand Oaks, CA) consistently solid fall performance earned him First-Team All-NESCAC honors, after he paced the Jeffs with a second-place individual finish in the NESCAC Tournament, as well as a superb 75 at the Skidmore Fall Classic.

Additionally, fellow sophomores Jude Volek (New York, NY) and Steve Collins (Beverly Hills, MI) are looking forward to a successful spring. Volek manufactured several excellent rounds last fall, including a 75 to match Ballaban in the Skidmore Fall Classic. Collins, a consistent performer in 2000, hopes to further improve this spring. Topping off the list of underclassmen is first-year Chris Norqual (Eden Prairie, MN), a talented player who hopes to gain valuable tournament experience.

The Jeffs kick off the spring season April 19 at the Lou Flumere Tournament at Bentley College, in hopes of repeating its championship performance from last year. Despite the five-month layoff between the fall and spring, look for the Jeffs to quickly return to mid-season form, thanks to a successful spring break trip to Southern California. There, the team played six different courses in five days, giving the players a chance to shake any cobwebs that might have formed during the cold winter months. Indeed, through the course of the week the Jeffs turned in several solid rounds, highlighted by Blaisdell's two under par 69 at Sunset Hills Country Club.