Pete Taylor '12 (photo) pulled off an unprecedented feat for the Wesleyan golf squad when he medaled during the 27th annual Duke Nelson Invitational hosted by Middlebury Sat. & Sun., Sept. 18-19. Coming up with a 76-70-146 total, his four-over-par effort was one stroke better than runners-up Greg Scott of Hamilton and Bob Bruso of Worcester St. In total, 127 individual took part on the tournament that featured members of 25 golf squads, including 2010 NCAA qualifier Skidmore. RPI won the tournament team crown with a 606 score. Wesleyan placed 23rd with a team score of 657.
Tied for 11th after the first round of the tournament, Taylor was one of just three golfers to shoot a round under-par with his 70 on the second day on the par-71 Ralph Myhre Golf Course. It also was his best career round over two-plus seasons. Now with 36 rounds under his belt, he has carded a 71 on five occasions. In two other appearances at the Duke Nelson, a tournament Wesleyan has been attending since 1996, Taylor tied for 18th in 2008 with a 152 total and tied for seventh last year with a 153 total. He did have a round of 71 at Ralph Myhre in 2008 during the NESCAC qualifier which Middlebury hosted.
The best previous individual effort by a Wesleyan player in the Duke Nelson came from Dave Velardo '08, who had a 73-73-146 score whie placing third in 2007. Thus, Taylor tied Velardo for finest total but has the Cardinals' low individual round.
Taylor had opened the season Sept. 11-12 by capturing the title in the Trinity College Invitational with an even-par 71-71-142 total in a field of eight teams and 40 entrants.
Up next for Taylor and the rest of the Cardinal squad was the annual Williams College Invitational Sat.-Sun., Sept. 25-26. Taylor, who is quite familier with the Taconic Golf Course at Williams, having played six rounds there with a best of 71 and a high round of 78 with an average of 74.5 before this year, posted a 75-76-151 score to tie for 12th of 93 entrants. The next best Cardinals was A.J. Ferraro '12, who posted an 82-89-171 score. As a team, Wesleyan placed 18th of the 18 squads. Williams won the title, followed by Middlebury.
Ahead is the annual NESCAC Qualifier, this year hosted by Trinity Sat. & Sun., Oct. 2-3.