Williamstown, MA- The Williams College men's golf team is set to tee it up for the first time this spring at this weekend's 47th Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Golf Championship. The event is played at Paradise Point Golf Course over three days and features some of the top-ranked schools in Division III. Representing Williams College will be first-year Beau David, sophomores Ben Beiers and Sam Goldenring, and junior Jake Foehl.
The Ephs that made the trip down to North Carolina have had limited time to prepare for the physical and mental test that is competitive golf. The semester to this point has been filled with indoor practices at the golf nets in Lasell and the golf simulators at nearby Greylock Bowl. Any time spent with a club in hand pays off when it's time to play again. Williams began their journey south by playing three rounds in the area of Pinehurst, NC at the Dormie Club, Pine Needles, and Mid Pines. Those rounds provided valuable experience and feedback for the players before they tee it up on Friday.
The four players at Camp Lejeune are primed to play important roles in the upcoming spring season for the Ephs. All four started at least two tournaments in the fall, and Goldenring adds an especially decorated freshman campaign that earned him All-American honors.
In order to have success this spring (usually defined by finish at the NESCAC Championship), Williams must receive solid play from its talented group of underclassmen. David highlights the freshman class, appearing in three tournaments during his first semester with the Ephs. Fellow classmates William Conyers and Wyatt Khosroshahi have also shown an ability to play well under pressure. Conyers delivered his best round of the season in the team's last event, providing a crucial 75 that allowed the Ephs to win the Sap Bucket Match at Ekwanok Country Club over Trinity College.
Goldenring is only one piece of an especially talented sophomore class. Beiers has made great strides in his game since the beginning of his freshman year, and he played his final 54 holes of the fall season at just one-over par. Will Kannegieser is coming off an All-NESCAC selection from freshman year and will look to build onto his already impressive resume.
After spring break, Williams will play four events in the month of April starting with the NYU Invitational. The Ephs will then take a weekend off before returning to action at their home tournament April 21-22, followed by the Little Three Championship on April 25th and the NESCAC Championship that weekend. Williams will have to go down to Connecticut and defeat Trinity on their home course to defend their NESCAC title from 2017, but they certainly have the talent to do it.