MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The Salem State men's golf team will join the the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) as announced by the league on Tuesday. The Vikings, in addition to Westfield State, Worcester State and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will be admitted as associate members in the sport of men's golf effective immediately.
All four institutions will compete in the 2019 fall conference championship on October 4 & 5 at Wachusett Country Club and their student-athletes are eligible for weekly and postseason awards recognition. The NECC currently boats five members in the sport of men's golf in Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Mitchell College and Springfield College (associate), bringing the total number of sponsoring institutions to nine members.
"The NECC is excited to welcome Westfield State, Worcester State, MCLA and Salem State to the fold for men's golf for the 2019 Championship and beyond," expressed NECC Commissioner Katie Boldvich. "The conference is committed to enhancing our postseason opportunities and the addition of these four programs will provide for a better championship atmosphere for our current men's golf programs and student-athletes." The conference will begin their wait for NCAA postseason automatic-qualification in the Fall of 2019 with sights set on attaining automatic-qualification status for the 2021-22 season.
Since 2011, Salem State has competed in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC).