Williamstown, MA- A siren sounded from the pro shop at Taconic Golf Club just past 1:00 PM this afternoon to signal the start of the 2017 Williams College Invitational Tournament. The 6,808 yard par-71 course was in pristine condition for the 19 team field that placed 116 golfers around the grounds. A significant breeze made scoring during the first half of the afternoon difficult, and as such a few golfers and teams were able to separate themselves from the pack.
The Trinity College Bantams seized the lead on day one with a team score of 294 that featured three scores that either broke or threatened par. Junior Will Rosenfield, winner of this event in 2015, took a one shot lead on the individual leaderboard with a three-under 68 that helped place the Bantams in first. Junior Taylor Kay-Green and senior Nate Choukas backed up Rosenfield's score with rounds of 72 and 73 respectively, though the Bantams were forced to also count a score in the 80s.
Host Williams College will enter the second round just one stroke back of Trinity after shooting a score of 295 that was highlighted by sophomore Sam Goldenring's round of 69 that put him in solo second place behind Rosenfield.
The only other player in red figures after day one was swinging for the third place team. David McDaniel, a junior at Middlebury College, helped his team stay in the hunt at 299.
St. John Fisher and Western New England College rounded out the top five teams after the first round with scores of 304 and 305 respectively.
Goldenring's effort turned out to be just what the Ephs needed to stay in contention during the first round, as several of their other players let some shots slip through the cracks. Senior Grant Raffel carded a 74 that placed him in the top 10 individually in a tie for ninth. Sophomore Will Kannegieser and junior Jake Foehl each did their best to grind out a good number after a couple of bad mistakes. Both players wound up turning in scores of 76 that rounded out the scoring for the Ephs. First-year Beau David, who made his first start after playing last weekend at Middlebury as an individual, likewise grinded out a score of 77. All five members of the Williams line-up made it into the top-20 individually.
Because it is a home event for the Ephs, they were able to enter a second team into the field comprised of two sophomores and two first-years. William Conyers and Wyatt Khosroshahi, after making the team during walk-on tryouts in early September, played in their first collegiate event and recorded matching scores of 84. Sophomores Ben Beiers and Giebien Na turned in rounds of 80 and 81 respectively.
The leaderboard is bound to shift and change all throughout tomorrow's second round, which begins with another shotgun start at 9:00 AM. If today is any indication, the tournament will be decided by just a few shots, making every short putt and good opportunity extremely important for every team and every player.