FRAMINGHAM – MassBay Community College golfer Nick Barber of Wayland won the 2018 NJCAA Men’s Golf Regional Championship Tournament in Cranston, RI
Barber and MassBay student-athlete Mike Badiani of Dedham, who finished fifth at the 2018 NJCAA Men’s Golf Regional Championship Tournament will both now advance to the National Junior College Men’s Golf National Championship.
The pair will compete in the four-day event at the Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, New York June 5-8, which draws the NJCAA Division III golfers from around the country.
Barber, a general business major and his second year on the MassBay Men’s Golf team, won at the Cranston tournament (shooting 77 the first day and 81 the second day).
Last year, he became only the second golfer in MassBay history to qualify for the National Championship and he placed 30th out of 92 golfers.
Barber is hoping to return to the National Tournament and his goal is to place in the top 18 and earn a spot on the All –American Golf team.
“Going into this Championship, I know the course from last year so I feel I’ll have the ability to score better and enjoy the course more,” said Barber. “It’s an awesome experience and this year, going with a team mate will make the competition even better.”
Badiani, a liberal arts major will be taking his first trip to the National Golf Championship after finishing the Regional Tournament in fifth place (shooting 88 the first day and 77 the second day).
He becomes the third golfer in MassBay history to qualify for the National Championship.
Badiani never played golf on his high school team and actually began playing for fun with his cousin 4 years ago.
“I never played on a team before, I just picked it up on the fly, and really was able to develop my skills under Coach Lyell,” said Badiani. “It’s awesome that I advanced to the National Championship and I’m really excited to go over there and get my feet wet in a national tournament.”
“I am very excited that both Nick and Mike have qualified for the National Championship, and I know that they will have a big-time experience playing in a four-day event against some of the best golfers in the country,” said MassBay Director of Athletics Adam Nelson. “This is a credit to the hard work that they have put in all season long, and I know that they will do a great job representing MassBay. Coach Lyell and his entire team deserve a ton of credit for one of the most successful seasons in MassBay golf history, and I am thrilled that two of our guys have extended their season by heading to the National Championship.”
MassBay Men’s Golf team has been training and competing since February under Head Coach Slader Lyell and sent five team members to compete in the two-day Regional Championship at the Cranston Country Club, placing second, 7 strokes behind Massasoit Community College. The team members who competed where, Mike Badiani (Dedham), Nick Barber (Wayland), Jonghyun Lee (Dover), John Timothy Locke (Framingham) and Luke Spangenberg (Millis).
Barber and Badiani will head to Chautaugua, NY with Coach Lyell on June 3 to compete in the National Championship.
Photo courtesy of Barber