Kole Kelly, a senior golf captain at Trinity College, earned medalist honors the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the New England Small College Athletic Conference championship qualifier.
He shot 75 on Saturday and followed that up Sunday by equaling his college career best with a four-under 68 at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Conn.
Trinity’s first place finish ensured it will host the NESCAC spring championship.
Kelly’s grandfather, Lindsey Hansen, the 2002 Connecticut PGA Professional of the Year, was starter at the NESCAC qualifier.
“Kole hits his drives a country mile, and he’s improved with the putter, and it’s been amazing to watch his progression and his resolve,’’ said Trinity coach Matt Greason.
“He started to come into his own last spring, and I consider him one of Division 3’s elite golfers.’’
Kelly, 21, an economics major, was an intern this past summer at a Waltham law firm and continued to work in the bag room at Oakley Country Club in Watertown. He grew up on the links at Fresh Pond Golf Club in Cambridge, where he was a two-time club champion.
He was Middlesex League golf MVP his sophomore season at Belmont High and captain on coach Jeff Shea’s 2013 team that won the league title and finished third in both the North sectionals and Division 2 state championship.
Trinity’s roster also includes junior Taylor Kay-Green (Needham High), a highly regarded golfer out of Charles River Country Club, and junior Ace Ensign (Bancroft School) from Acton.
Q. You were five under after eight holes in the final round of the NESCAC qualifier. What was going through your mind?
A. To stay in the moment. In the past I had a tendency to speed things up, so this time I slowed things down, even my walk.
Q. How long have you worked in the bag room at Oakley and what has the experience been like?
A. It’s been really fun. I’ve met a lot of interesting people and I’ve had the opportunity to play a lot of golf there. If you can chip and putt well at Oakley you can chip and putt well almost anywhere.
Q. What are your earliest memories of playing golf?
A. Being at my grandfather’s house in Southington, Conn. when I was about 5 or 6. He taught me all the fundamentals so that when I was ready to play on my own I had a solid foundation.
Q. What was it like to have him at the NESCAC qualifier?
A. It was awesome, especially for him to see how well I played the second day. That was the first time he saw me perform to my potential in a tournament.
Q. Have you stayed close to your high school coach?
A. Yes. We get together in the summer to play. Jeff [Shea] is one of my favorite people to play with. He’s easy going and keeps it light.
Q. How do you account for your improvement since last spring?
A. I’ve done a better job of minimizing my errors. I’m three-putting less and my bad tee shots are still in play. And I’m better shaking off a bad hole and moving on.
Q. What do you enjoy away from the course?
A. I’m definitely a foodie and pizza is at the top of the list.
Q. What do you hope for after graduation?
A. A good quality of life, to stay around Boston near family and friends, and to have a job that will give me time to play some competitive golf.
Q. What has it been like to captain your high school and college teams?
A. It’s cool. Being a role model motivates you to be the best player and teammate you can be, and I enjoy that challenge.
Q. What have you enjoyed most about being at Trinity?
A. Having a great circle of friends on the golf team and playing some great golf courses, learning to live independently, and better managing my time.
Q. What pride do you take in having played and worked at public courses?
A. Considering all my teammates played at private clubs, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and how far I’ve come.