Ephs Defend Title at Home Invitational

Jake Abrahams 14
Jake Abrahams 14

Complete Results

Williamstown, MA – The final round of the Williams Invitational began early Sunday morning after a long first round ended in the dark Saturday.  Conditions were tough once more, as players dealt with blustery winds and a soft course from the night's rain.  The Williams 'Gold' Team (297-310=607), which held the overnight lead, held on to defend its title at this event by four strokes.  Finishing runner up was RPI (307-304=611), and NESCAC foe Trinity (300-312=612) came in third place, a single shot behind the Engineers. 

There was a sudden-death playoff for the individual crown at the conclusion of play.  Williams first-year Ross Hoffman (75-72=147), who competed as an individual in the event, tied Manhattanville's Eric Michalak (72-75=147) after 36 holes.  They played the par-5 first hole; Michalak missed the green with his approach and made bogey, while Hoffman played three beautiful shots to set up a tap-in birdie and a victory in his first collegiate event.   
Head Coach Josh Hillman had the following to say about his team's performance: "This weekend the team had to battle the elements and they showed they can handle them.  The wind never stopped gusting and that makes it very tough to commit to a shot.  Overall the quality ball striking was the key to our win."
Captain Cody Semmelrock (75-76=151) led the Ephs today; he fashioned another solid performance to pace the Eph lineup.  Matt McCarron (75-77=152) was a stroke behind him, and first-year Grant Raffel (74-78=152) closely followed.  Junior Jake Goldenring (73-81=154) struggled on Sunday after a stellar first-round, while senior captain Dylan Dethier (79-79=158) carded the Ephs' final tally today. 

The Williams 'Purple' Team (312-316=628) finished in eighth place; this was marked by a few great performances.  Senior captain Jake Abrahams (84-72=156) rebounded admirably to tie Hoffman for the low round of the day.  Sophomore Max Elgart (78-80=158) and junior Nate McCue (76-82=158) had the next lowest tow-day totals, while sophomore Tony Liu (74-84=158) battled on Sunday to card the Purple Team's final score.

Williams fielded a strong group of individuals as well, highlighting the depth and young talent of this Ephs squad.  Hoffman headlined this group, but sophomore Mike Yi (78-75=153) played excellent golf over the weekend.  First-year Jacob Watt-Morse (83-78=161) played a strong final round as well. 

Hillman also commented on how his team is positioned going into its most important event of the year: "With the NESCAC Fall Qualifier next weekend at Bowdoin we feel like are in the right spot.  The first tournament of the year (Bowdoin) was rough and then we improved at Middlebury by finishing 3rd.  This week we kept the momentum going and won our event.  I feel very good going into the NESCAC Fall Qualifier this week."

This marks the Ephs' first win of the season.  They will look to carry this play into the NESCAC Fall Qualifier hosted by Bowdoin College.  The winner of this tournament earns the right to host the Spring Championship.  Tee times are set to begin Saturday morning at Brunswick Golf Course.