Williamstown, MA- After a week full of snow in the Northeast, eight teams from the New England Small College Athletic Conference teed it up at Taconic Golf Club for the first round of the 2018 NESCAC Spring Opener, hosted by Williams College. The par-71 track was looking the best it has all season in the bright sunshine and 50-degree weather, though its teeth were still bared in the form of tricky greens and gusting winds. Any score in the 70s was a good round considering the conditions.
Trinity College shot out into the lead on day one, firing a team score of 302. Williams and Middlebury are both five back at 307, and Hamilton College will round out the lead foursome tomorrow after finishing with a team score of 312.
Williams College got a much needed boost from their sophomore Will Kannegieser, who methodically worked his way around the course in 70 shots, good enough for a two shot overnight lead. Trinity's Nate Choukas is next at 72, followed by Middlebury's Jeff Giguere at 74 and Hamilton's Bobby Osborn at 75. Behind the top four is a pack of players at 76, including Will Rosenfield and Jack Junge from Trinity, Jordan Bessalel from Middlebury, and Joe Tigani from Hamilton.
Kannegieser's one-under par performance is a true testament to his work ethic. The sophomore is also a member of the Alpine Ski team at Williams, so his spring golf season starts later than the rest of the team. He has made up for lost time, and put it all together today for his best round of the spring so far.
Junior Jake Foehl shook off a stumble on his 12th hole to come in with a 77, which included a birdie on 18 set up by a wedge shot from 96 yards that settled one foot away from the hole. Sophomore Sam Goldenring likewise came in under 80, shooting a 78 that helped keep the Ephs within striking distance.
First-years Wyatt Khosrowshahi and Tucker van Eck were also playing the event as individuals. Both stumbled slightly on the back nine, which traditionally plays several strokes harder than the front. Khosrowshahi did battle with 80, and eventually came in at 80 on the number.
Another day of sunshine awaits the players for tomorrow, with tee times beginning at 9:00 AM barring a frost delay.