LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The Williams College men's golf team shot a four-man score of 295 to claim the top seed heading into the matchplay portion of the Middlebury Fall Classic being played at The Lake Placid Club. Williams is part of a four team field that also includes Middlebury College, Skidmore College, and Castleton University. The players went back out in the afternoon on Saturday to play in semi-final matches with the teams seeded by the strokeplay score from the morning.
Second place honors went to host Middlebury, which tallied a score of 304. Skidmore shot 313 to take third place and Castleton University was fourth with a team total of 324.
Sophomores Will Kannegieser and Sam Goldenring were two key performers that helped secure the top seed for the Ephs going into matchplay. The young duo tied for top honors shooting a even-par round of 71.
In the afternoon matches, the Ephs matched up with the Castleton in the first semi-final. Five players won their match and the only one that didn't was Kannegieser, who salvaged a half point for his team playing in the #1 spot.
Middlebury defeated Skidmore in the other semi-final, setting up the much anticipated final match between NESCAC rivals tomorrow morning.
Williams head coach Josh Hillman was pleased with his teams performance on a rare day in golf when mental and physical fitness played a huge role. Hillman said, "Today was a very good day for us. We got off to a nice start to the season shooting a solid 295 round and earning the number one seed. The team is really coming together and it seems as though we have picked up right where we left off last year." He went on to say, "I am encouraged by our new additions to the tournament roster (Ben and Giebien) and think they did a really solid job today. Our seasoned players (Grant, Jake, Will and Sam) stepped right up and did what they do best - competed with intensity and max effort."
Hillman and his players look forward to a highly competitive championship match with the Middlebury Panthers tomorrow.