Picking up where he left off during the spring, top Wesleyan golfer Pete Taylor '12 (photo) tied for third among 47 players during the two-day Trinity Invitational Sept. 12-13 with a consistent 73-73-146 total. He was just two-over-par as both courses used were par 72. The medalist had a 143 count.
As a team, the Cardinals had a 650 score, placing them seventh of the seven teams involved. Babson won the event with a 600 team score. With a very talented field, five of the seven teams scored 612 or better.
Wesleyan got an 81-80-161 score from A.J. Ferraro '12 as he placed 27th while Dan DeRienzo '11 carded an 88-76-164 score to tie for 29th as the next highest finishers for the Cardinals.
At the annual Williams College Invitational Sept. 19-20, Taylor outdid himself with a tremendous 71-71-142 score, again just two-over-par for the tournament. He finished in a tie for fourth among 86 entrants. Taylor's performance earned him a spot on the five-man all-tournament team at Williams. Both his 142 total and his round of 71 were best-ever efforts by a Cardinal in the event. In the 15 years Wesleyan has attended the Williams Invitational, the lowest two-day total by a Cardinal was a 151 and the lowest individual round was a 75, both turned in by Dave Velardo '08 in 2007.
Complementing Taylor's effort with a 75-78-153 score was Dan DeRienzo '11 as he finished in a tie for 37th place. As a team, Wesleyan placed 14th of 16 with a 308-323-631 score.
The Cardinals were off to Middlebury for the annual Duke Nelson Invitational Sat. & Sun., Sept. 26-27 where the team placed 18th of 20. Again, it was the Taylor show as he tied for seventh among 105 participants with a 78-75-153 score. Wesleyan's next-best remained DeRienzo with a 79-83-162 total, tying him for 52nd.
Ahead is the NESCAC Qualifier, this year hosted by Williams but not on the usual Taconic Golf Course due to damage. It will be held on the Waubeeka Golf Links in South Williamstown instead starting Sat., Oct. 3 and continuing on Sun., Oct. 4. Last year, Taylor earned second-team all-NESCAC honors with a 10th-place finish.