Williamstown, MA -- It was a beautiful day for the first round of the Williams Invitational at the par-71 Taconic Golf Club. Williams hosted 16 other schools, and fielded a B squad and individuals in the event. Temperatures ranged in the 60's and it was very breezy throughout the round. A different scoring system will be used for this tournament. Normally, teams count the best four of five rounds each day. This weekend, teams count the best four scores per hole out of five to get the overall team total. With this format, Williams' A team holds the overnight lead after shooting 292. The Ephs' B team is tied for second place with Babson; they both posted a 298 total.
Individually, Babson's Wesley Tryhane is leading after his two-over par 73. Williams junior Matt McCarron was one stroke behind him with 74. He shares second place with Hamilton junior Greg Scott and Bowdoin's Johnny Bohorquez.
Williams' A team posted very consistent scores behind McCarron. Junior Dylan Dethier fired 75, and classmates Jake Abrahams and Ross Bowen carded a pair of 77's. Sophomore Jake Goldenring continued his steady season with 76.
The efforts of Williams' B team were equally impressive. First-year Mike Stone, playing in his first collegiate tournament round, shot a four-over 75 to lead the way. Classmate Tony Liu came in with 76. The other contributors for the B squad were sophomore Nate McCue and senior Jack Ervasti, who shot 79 and 80, respectively.
Williams also fielded six individuals. Freshman Max Elgart was most impressive out of this group; he ended Saturday with 78.
Eph Head Coach Rick Pohle was pleased with his team's play and consistency, from top to bottom: "The scoring balance our entire team showed today was impressive and great to see."
Additionally, Pohle, the brainchild of this scoring system, had the following impressions of the new format: "I think most of the players in the field enjoyed the scoring concept. I like how it keeps so many teams in the hunt after the first round of a tournament. Plus, I think the players play more relaxed knowing they still can contribute to the success of the team even after a bad hole."
Pohle concluded with the following about his goals for tomorrow: "Tomorrow our goal will be to play each hole to the best of our ability and scrape for every shot we can save. If we do this, I think our teams can finish 1-2 in the event."
Tee times will begin tomorrow at 8 AM, in reverse order based on standings from today's play.