Posted: Jan 07, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--It's here...the top-10 of 2014 in Western New England University Athletics. For the next two weeks, we'll unveil the top 10 stories/moments played out by Western New England NCAA teams, coaches and student-athletes for the last calendar year. The countdown continues with our No. 9 entry: Men's Golf last spring nearly sweeps the Commonwealth Coast Conference major awards while landing three student-athletes on the all-conference teams.
Senior co-captain Eric Hedberg was named the CCC Golfer of the Year and to the all-conference first team, joining classmate and co-captain Patrick Donahue on the All-CCC First Team while CCC Rookie of the Year Matt Fontaine made the second unit.
Hedberg captured medalist honors with a two-day score of 144 at the 2014 CCC Championships at the par 71, 6,213-yard Franconia Golf Course on April 26-27. In 2013-14, Hedberg played in 17-1/2 rounds and posted a 77.5 stroke average to lead the Golden Bears. He claimed four top-10 finishes during invitational play, including T-4th at the Worcester State Rich Korzec Memorial Invitational (39), T-5th at the Western New England Invitational (75), T-8th at the Johnson & Wales Wildcat Invitational (79-76=155), and T-9th at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Championships (81-80=161).
Donahue tied Fontaine for playing the most rounds on the WNE team, compiling a 79.1 stroke average for third. He turned in four top-10 finishes: T-3rd at CCC Fall Qualifier (75), 3rd at ECAC Championships (77-78=155), 4th at New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships (72-75=147) and T-9th at WNE Invitational (77). He was honored as the Golfer of the Week on Nov. 4, 2013, after helping WNE to the NEIGA Division III title out of 37 overall (including NCAA I-II) programs, as he shot a career-low 72 on the first day and was fourth out of 184 individuals.
Fontaine had an impressive freshman campaign for the Golden Bears, earning a 79.6 stroke average over 18-1/2 rounds played during the fall and spring combined. He captured five top-10 finishes during invitational play, including placing second at the CCC Fall Qualifier (74), T-8th at the American International College Spring Classic (81-75=156), T-7th at the WNE Invitational (76), T-7th at the CCC Championships (76-76=152), and T-9th at the Trinity College Invitational (78-76=154). He claimed four CCC Rookie of the Week honors this season, which included three consecutive weeks Sep. 10-23, 2013, and two weeks where he was CCC Golfer & Rookie of the Week.
Last season marked the inaugural year for the all-conference team and major individual awards for men's golf, which was voted on by the CCC's seven head coaches from member institutions who sponsor the sport.
Top 10 WNE Stories/Moments for 2014
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