Williamstown, MA- The Trinity College Bantams shot the lowest team score of the weekend (290) to pull away from the 19 team field and win the 2017 Williams College Invitational Tournament. The event was played, as always, at the par-71 Taconic Golf Club, which was playing slightly shorter than full length during the second round as some tees were moved around to give players something extra to think about.
Trinity's winning score of 584 was 15 shots better than the 599 that won the tournament for Williams College a year ago, a testament to the quality of golf being played this fall by several teams. The host Ephs fell short by five shots this year, recording a 294 on Sunday that placed them in second with a score of 589.
No other team cracked 600 on the weekend, with the next best score being a 601 from Western New England College. Then came another 10 shot gap between the Golden Bears and the Babson College Beavers, who finished at 610, which was just one shot clear of fifth place Middlebury.
Golf is a team sport won on the strength of individual performances, of which Trinity had plenty of great ones. Their line-up featured the eventual champion Will Rosenfield, who also medaled when Trinity won the event in 2015, at a final score of 139 (-3). His classmate, junior Taylor Kay-Green, finished in a tie for third at 145, and Nate Choukas found himself comfortably in the top 10 with a score of 147 (T-6).
Williams senior Grant Raffel, playing in his final competitive round at Taconic, broke par with a two-under 69 that earned him individual runner-up honors with a score of 143. Raffel's strength has always been his ability to make putts, and now he is pairing consistent ball striking with the putting to produce some low numbers.
Junior Jake Foehl also bested his first round score by shooting a 72 on Sunday that placed him in a tie for ninth at 148, his first top 10 finish in a collegiate tournament. Sophomore Sam Goldenring also finished at 148, carding a 79 during his second round.
The other two Ephs in the starting lineup also finished in the top 20. Sophomore Will Kannegieser and first-year Beau David turned in rounds of 77 and 76 respectively to put both of them in a tie for 20th at 153.
The second team on the course for the Ephs likewise improved on their day one scoring, putting up three numbers in the 70s on Sunday. First-year and newly acquired team member Wyatt Khosroshahi led the way with a 77, followed closely by sophomore Ben Beiers (78) and another walk-on freshman William Conyers (79). The team's scoring was rounded out by an 82 from sophomore Gibien Na.
Sunday concluded what was a great weekend for golf at Taconic, and the Ephs will now turn their attention to next weekend's NESCAC Fall Qualifier, which will be hosted by Trinity at Indian Hill Golf Club. Williams will look to improve on this weekend's scoring in order to secure home course advantage for the NESCAC Championship in the spring.