September 1, 2017

Husson Picked as 2017 NAC Men's Golf Preseason Favorite

Husson University has been selected as the top men's golf team in the 2017 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) preseason coaches' poll. The Eagles received a total of 80 points along with eight of the nine first place votes to lead the league.

Salem State University claimed second with 62 points, while Castleton University took third earning the remaining first-place vote for 57 total points and the University of Maine at Farmington earned fourth just one point behind the Spartans with 56 points. The fifth, sixth and seventh spots were just a few points apart, as Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts took fifth with 39 points, Maine Maritime Academy was sixth with 38 points and Johnson State College landed in seventh with 36 points. 

Rounding out the poll were Green Mountain College in eighth (19 points) and the University of Maine at Presque Isle in ninth (18 points).

Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the league's head men's golf coaches.

2017 NAC Men's Golf  Preseason Coaches' Poll

 

Teams

Points (First Place Votes)

1.

Husson

80 (8)

2.

Salem State

62

3.

Castleton

57 (1)

4.

UMaine-Farmington 

56

5.

MCLA 

39

6.

Maine Maritime

38

7.

Johnson

36

8.

Green Mountain 

19

9.

UMaine-Presque Isle

18

Last season at the NAC Championship, Husson held a two-stroke advantage after the opening day of play and never looked back, claiming  the team's 11th NAC Title in 13 years with a two-day total of 584 at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course. The Eagles managed to record an impressive 289 in the opening round before posting a 295 on the final day to secure an automatic berth to the 2017 NCAA Championship. Salem State posted a 610 (291, 319) to take runner-up honors, while UMaine-Farmington followed with 616 (303, 313) for third and Castleton took fourth just two strokes behind the Beavers with a 618 (310, 308). 

Rounding out the 2016 field were Maine Maritime in fifth (641; 320, 321), Johnson State in sixth (647; 320, 327), MCLA in seventh (654; 337, 317), and Green Mountain in eighth (772; 391, 381). To view the final results from 2016, please click HERE.  

Five of the nine NAC men's golf teams will tee off today, as they prepare for the 2017 NAC Championship. MCLA will play host of the conference championship which will take place on Sunday, October 15, and Monday, October 16, at Berkshire Country Club.

Click HERE to view the 2017-18 Men's Golf schedule.

2017 NAC Men's Golf Previews

For more information on each team, click the school name to be directed to the men's golf section of each school's website.

 

1. Husson will be led by Mike Dugas, who enters his fourth season as the head coach. The Eagles will return 12 members from last season's NAC Championship squad including the 2016 NAC Golfer of the Year Daulton Wickenden (Rockport, Maine; pictured right). Also returning to the links this season is Gavin Dugas (Pittsfield, Maine), who made the 2017 NCAA tournament cut, to go along with Tommy Favreau (Brunswick, Maine), Steve Mahon (Ellsworth, Maine), Taylor Morang (Winthrop, Maine), Nick Burge (Boothbay, Maine), Mackenzie Clow (Summerside, P.E.I., Canada), Ross DeLorenzo (Brooks, Maine), Bailey Nangle (Campton, N.H.), Chad Prince (Gardner, Maine), Tyler Williams (Brewer, Maine), and Devin Stewart (Bloomfield, Conn.). Husson will be look to capture the team's 12th NAC Championship in the last 14 years. The Eagles tee off on September 16 and 17 at the Maine Collegiate Championship. 


2. Salem State
 will be under the direction of veteran head coach Steve Campbell, who enters his 16th season at the helm. The Vikings return a deep and talented roster that will look to contend for the NAC title after finishing second in 2016. Ryan Swart (Bridgewater , Mass.) returns for his senior year and will serve as a captain after leading the Vikings with a 77-stroke average last season and finishing sixth at the NAC Championship. Senior Chad Alibozek (Adams, Mass.; pictured right), a two-time All-NAC honoree, returns after compiling a 78-stroke average a season ago, while junior Eric Powers (Beverly, Mass.) has been a starter on the team for the past two seasons and has improved dramatically in all aspects of his golf game, including a 27th place finish at the 2016 New England Intercollegiate Golf Championship. The Vikings possess the maturity to be a very competitive team at the NAC Championships in October. They open at the MCLA Invitational at Berkshire Hills Country Club on September 14. 

 

 


3. Castleton
 will be led by third-year head coach Brian Hill, as the Spartans look to improve upon their fourth-place finish a season ago. Jon Benson (Stockbridge, Vt.; pictured right) will be one of the team's leading golfers in 2017, after shooting a 75 on the second day of the 2016 NAC Championship to finish in a tie for 12th place. Jacob Erwin (Port Dover, Ontario, Canada) also competed in the conference championships last year and brings added experience to this year's squad. The Spartans open the 2017 season Friday, September 1, at the Johnson Invitational in St. George, Vt. 

 

 


4. Maine Maritime
 will be under the direction of Noah Tapley who enters his fourth season as head coach of the Mariners. Chase Whittemore (Skowhegan, Maine; pictured right), a 2016 NAC Golf Sportsmanship Team selection, returns for his senior season. The Mariners will look to improve on their fifth-place finish at the NAC Championships a season ago and will open up the regular season against UMaine-Presque Isle on Saturday, September 9. 

 

 

5. UMaine-Farmington will be under the direction of Robert Timmins, who enters his 14th year at the helm. The Beavers will look to improve upon their third-place finish at the NAC Championship a season ago. Senior Gavin Brickley (Plymouth, N.H.; pictured right) will lead the team along with newcomer Justin Rodrigue (Augusta, Maine). The team will open the year against Southern Maine in Gorham on Friday, September 1. 

 

 

6. MCLA will welcome first year head coach Peter Egazarian this fall. Second team All-NAC golfer Matt Lawrence (Stamford, Vt.) returns this season, as the Trailblazers hope to climb up the NAC ranks after finishing seventh at the 2016 championship. MCLA will host three events in 2017 at Berkshire Hills Country Club, including the NAC Championships on October 15-16. The Trailblazers open up play on September 1 at Cobleskill before hosting the first event at BHCC on September 14. 

 

 

 


7. Johnson
 head coach Bill Boldwin enters his fifth season with the Badgers. The squad returns the 2016 NAC Rookie of the Year, Austin Walters (Grantham N.H.; pictured right), to go along with Philip Lyon (South Burlington, Vt.) from last year's squad. Newcomer David Albright (Grantham N.H.) will look to make an impact on the 2017 team. The Badgers will look to improve on their sixth-place finish at last year's NAC Championship. Johnson begins the season on September 1, hosting the Johnson Invitational. 

 

 


8. UMaine-Presque Isle
 will be guided by Joe Zubrick who returns to UMPI for his second stint as the head golf coach. This will be Zubrick's sixth season at the helm of the program, however it is his first season back with the Owls since 2004. The Owls are coming off a one-year hiatus after cancelling the season last year, and will look to Zubrick's leadership to build a program based on the fundamentals of the game. The young Owls team is eager to hit the links and lay the foundation for the a successful program. UMPI will host Maine Maritime in the season opener on September 9 at Presque Isle Country Club. 

 

 

 


9. Green Mountain
 enters the 2017 season with Brad Rideout at the helm of the Eagles' program in his first season. Chris Surdam (Plymouth, Mass.; pictured right) returns to lead the team in his junior season after showing progress last season with the team. The Eagles graduated a large portion of their roster from 2016 and will look to build with youth this coming season after an eight-place finish in 2016. GMC opens the year at the Johnson Invitational on September 1 at Rock Ridge Golf Course. 

 

**In 2017-18, the University of Maine at Presque Isle will be competing in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) as an associate member in five sports including men's and women's cross country, men's golf and men's and women's track & field.