Saratoga Springs, NY- The Williams College men's golf team set a new school single-day scoring record during round one of the Saratoga National Invitational, posting a -1 team score of 287. The event is being played at Saratoga National Golf Club, a par-72 track that can be tipped out to around 7,200 yards but is being played at about 6,750 this weekend. The Ephs lead the tournament by eight shots over second place RPI (295), who were the only other team to break 300 on the day. Middlebury College played their way into the final grouping on Sunday with a 304, followed closely by Manhattanville and host Skidmore College at 306. New York University rounded out the field of six teams with a score of 311 during round one.
All five members of the Williams team posted scores under 80 on day one, including two rounds under par. Senior captain Grant Raffel hit a rough patch in the middle of his round, bogeying holes 9, 10, and 11 after playing the first eight holes at two-under par. Raffel managed to steady the ship, and birdied 15 and 16 coming home to finish with a 71.
Sophomore Will Kannegieser matched his captain with a 71 of his own. Kannegieser was feeling it on the front nine, making the turn at two-under before adding another birdie on the reachable par-5 tenth. A few bogeys combined with one more birdie on 17 brought the total to -1.
Both Kannegieser and Raffel are tied for second place individually.
Sophomore Sam Goldenring was one off the pace set by his teammates. Goldenring's consistent ball striking makes for a low-stress style of golf, making fourteen pars, two birdies, and two bogeys for an even par round of 72.
Sophomore Ben Beiers, making his third start of the season, put up a 73 to round out the scoring for the Ephs. Beiers has found his game late in the season, controlling the ball well tee-to-green and combining that with his soft touch around the green. Beiers rolled in a long birdie putt on the scenic par-3 15th hole to arrive at his final tally of 1-over par.
Junior captain Jake Foehl struggled during his first round aside from one four hole stretch. Foehl birdied 14 and 16 before holing out from 90 yards on the par-4 17th for an eagle. After all was said and done, Foehl took 79 shots to complete his 18 holes.
Sunday presents an exciting opportunity for the Ephs with four players in contention for the individual crown. They will look to break more records during the final round.