Approaching this fall many New England born college players are gearing up to play in their final tournaments before winter. I interviewed Dave Adamonis Jr. who is the Executive Director of the United States Challenge Cup. I asked for his opinion on the top five college golfers from New England to watch this fall. Using my research and the knowledge of Dave Adamonis Jr. I compiled a list of the top five college golfers from New England to keep an eye on this fall.
5.) Patrick Frodigh from Westwood, M.A.- Patrick is a sophomore at the University of Denver. Patrick played in the New England Amateur last month where he tied for fifth place at even par. He shot rounds of 76,70,71, and fought hard on the last day showing his true potential by shooting a 67 (-4). Prior to attending the University of Denver Patrick won back to back state championships in 2011 and 2012. He was also the NEPGA Junior Champion, and the Massachusetts Junior Amateur Champion in 2012.
4.) Jamison Randall from Cumberland, R.I.- Jamison is a junior at Old Dominion University. He won the individual portion of the Rice Intercollegiate at -5 with rounds of 72, 70 and 69. Randall was the 2011 Rhode Island State Champion. He also led Cumberland High School to their first state championship in 21 years.
3.) Zach Zaback from Farmington, C.T.- Zach is a junior at the University of Connecticut. He finished in third place at the New England Amateur last month with rounds of 72, 70,70, and 70. This put him at -2 for the week. Zach won the Connecticut Amateur this year winning one up in the final round against Kevin Josephson.
2.) John Vanderlaan from Southbury, C.T.- John is an incoming Florida Southern University player. He won the New England Amateur last month with rounds of 70, 71, 67, and 70 which put him at -6. In 2013 John had 10 top ten finishes in 16 events. Vanderlaan has the potential to demolish the competition is his four years at Florida Southern University.
1.) Joe Leavitt from Atkinson, N.H.- Joe is a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island. He has recently completed the “Granite Slam” meaning he has won New Hampshire’s four biggest titles this year. Shooting under par in two of the three stroke play events, and dominating in the match play event, the rest of the field needs to watch out for this fierce competitor.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?