2018 NAC Men's Golf Championship Preview

2018 NAC Men's Golf Championship Preview

CASTINE, Maine -- Maine Maritime Academy golf prepares for the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, hosted by Northern Vermont University – Johnson at the Country Club of Vermont.

The 36-hole event will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and will conclude Sunday after all rounds have been completed. Tee times for Sunday's final round will begin at 9:30 a.m. 

Last season the Mariners finished fourth (327-331-658) at the NAC Championship, led by Joey Moir (Bangor, Maine) who tied for 11th overall (79-82-161) to earn NAC Second Team honors. Chance Whittemore (Skowhegan, Maine) carded an 81 on day one and an 82 on day two to finish tied for 15th place overall, with a score of 163. Connor Mersch (Holderness, N.H.) carded an 84 on both days to tie for 21st place with a score of 168.

Moir will lead the 2018 Maine Maritime lineup, followed by Whittemore and Mersch. Junior Elliott Sibley (Lincoln, Maine) and freshman Tyler McKenney (Castine, Maine) will represent the Mariners at the Conference Championship for the first time.

The Mariners have been picked to place fourth in the NAC Golf Pre-Championship Poll. Voting for the Pre-Championship Poll was conducted among the league's head men's golf coaches.

The Mariner-Five:

Joey Moir Chance Whittemore Connor Mersch Elliott Sibley Tyler McKenney
Senior Junior Sophomore Junior Freshman

2017 Finish: Tied for 11th (79-82-161)

2018: Mariners' top finisher at the Dual Meet with UMaine-Presque Isle (76), University of New England Invitational (77) and the Mariner Invitational (78)

2017 Finish: Tied for 15th (81-82-163)

2018: Tied for the Mariners' top finisher at the two-day MEIGA Championship (77-79-156)

2017 Finish: Tied for 21st (84-84-168)

2018: Mariners' top finisher at the Bowdoin Invitational (79) and the UMaine-Farmington Invitational (78)

First time competing at NAC Championship

2018: Mariners' top finisher at the John Queenan Memorial Tournament (77 career-low)

First time competing at NAC Championship 

2018: Has competed at three events this season, most recently carding his career-low 82 at the Mariner Invitational


2018 Championship Information:

  • Date – Saturday, October 13 - Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • Location - Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury Center, Vermont (6,801 yards, Par-72)
  • Saturday Start – 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday Start – 9:30 a.m.
  • Competing Institutions – SUNY Canton, Castleton, SUNY Delhi, UMaine-Farmington, Husson, NVU-Johnson, Maine Maritime, MCLA, UMaine-Presque Isle, Salem State, Thomas
  • Format – The championship will be a 36-hole format with five golfers from each institution competing. The scores of the lowest four individuals on each team, total strokes over the two days, will count toward the team total. The team with the lowest total will be declared the champion.  

The Competition:

SUNY Canton

2017 Finish: Did not compete

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Tied-Eighth


2017 Finish: Seventh (370-339-709)

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Fifth

SUNY Delhi

2017 Finish: Did not compete

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Sixth


2017 Finish: Third

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Third


2017 Finish: First

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: First


2017 Finish: Sixth

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Seventh


2017 Finish: Fifth

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: 10th

UMaine-Presque Isle

2017 Finish: Ninth

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: 11th

Salem State

2017 Finish: Second (320-307-627)

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Second


2017 Finish: Did not compete

2018 Pre-Championship Poll Prediction: Tied-Eighth