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Golf finishes strong at Bowdoin Invitational

By Eric Weinberg

Section: Sports

September 16, 2005

The Brandeis mens golf team finished in 8th place out of 14 teams this past weekend at the Bowdoin Invitational in Brunswick, Maine, with the University of Southern Maine finishing in first place overall. Led by co-captain Josh Levine 06 and Nick Wallen 09, who shot a 77 and 79, respectively, during the tournaments final round, Brandeis shot a combined 646 during the two-day tournament.

Coach Bill Shipman was pleased for the most part with what he saw over the weekend, saying the team played solidly overall, but I saw a few too many mental errors and a lack of confidence that I hope we will overcome later in the season. The team definitely has more talent than ever before, with eight or nine players capable of breaking 80 or going lower.

Levine shot a 77 in both rounds over the weekend for a team-best 10 strokes over par, leading his coach to say that he had a good if not great showing[He was] very steady.

Wallen shot an 85 and 79 to finish 20 shots over par, earning praise from Shipman that he showed some good promise with his short game.

Aaron Hattenbach 09 (82-82-164) also completed his rounds 20 strokes over par, while the teams other co-captain, Nate Goldman 06 (83-84-167), finished 23 strokes over par while [showing] some mental toughness, recovering for decent scores after some bad holes.

Adam Green 07 (82-92-174) ended his weekend 30 strokes over par.
The team finished four strokes behind seventh place Tufts University, but finished ahead of MIT, Bates, the University of New England, UMPI, Colby, and UMF.

The golfers continue their season September 17-18 this weekend at the Duke Nelson Tournament at Middlebury College in Vermont.

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