U.S. Amateur Experience Ends After Two Rounds for Eph Juniors Sam Goldenring & Will Kannegieser

U.S. Amateur Experience Ends After Two Rounds for Eph Juniors Sam Goldenring & Will Kannegieser

PEBBLE BEACH, CA – The two Eph juniors switched courses today with Will Kannegieser moving from Spyglass Hill to Pebble Beach and Sam Goldenring moving from Pebble Beach to Spyglass Hill.

"Sam and Will made Williams proud this week," noted Eph head coach Josh Hillman. "They played hard and competed against the best in the world, at the highest level. It is a very nice feather in their cap and they should be proud. It is also amazing to have two team members representing Williams College at the biggest amateur competition in the U.S. These guys are good, very good and can play with anybody... glad they are on our squad."

On day two Sam Goldenring shot a five over par 76 to finish the stroke play competition with a seven over par score  and finished tied for 128th place in the international field of 312 golfers.

Will Kannegieser tees off as medalist Daniel Hillier 
from New Zealand watches.

Will Kannegieser teed off the first tee at Pebble Beach at 9:30 a.m. PST and he struggled out of the gate bogeying the first hole and then notching two pars and a triple bogey seven on the 4th hole. A double bogey six on the eighth hole and a bogey on hole number nine closed out his front nine. 

Kannegieser managed just four pars on the front nine: par four second hole, par three third hole, par three fifth hole, and par five on the seventh hole.

He made the turn at eight over par and only recorded a par on three holes on the back nine, but he did birdie the par four 564-yard 14th hole. With his five over par back nine and his eight over on the front, Kannegieser shot an 85 and was 20 over par for the two rounds.

Kannegieser finished tied for 292nd in an exceptionally strong field of 312 golfers from around the world.

Twenty-three golfers in the field played even par or better. Kannegieser was fortunate to play with the medalist in the event, Daniel Hillier from New Zealand who shot six under par over the two days.

"I had a great time out here," noted Kannegieser. "It was tough not feeling very competitive but I was happy to compete and enjoy two awesome golf courses.

Goldenring teed off the 1st tee at Spyglass Hill at 2:30 p.m. PST holding a score of two over par from yesterday's first round.

Goldenring had a shaky first hole tallying a double bogey six to move to four over in the tournament. The Jersey native quickly regrouped and recorded a par four on the second hole and then he got one shot back with a birdie three on 406-yard par four third hole. He followed that up with a par on the fourth hole and a par three on the fifth hole. 

Goldenring then brought his score down to even par on the day with a birdie four on the par five 517-yard sixth hole. His six-hole run of two under par ended on the eighth hole when he had a double bogey and then he bogeyed the ninth hole to make the first turn at 38, three over on the day and five over par through 27 holes. 

Goldenring opened the back nine with pars on the holes 10 through 13, but he bogeyed the par five 14th hole to move to four over on the day and six over  through 32 holes. He came back to record pars on 15, 16, 17, but finished with a bogey on 18 to shoot two over par on the back, five over on the day and shot a 76.

At plus seven over par Goldenring finished tied for 128th place, but he was just three shots out of qualifying for the match play rounds.

"Another tough day out there," offered Goldenring, "Probably had my B game and was grinding all day. Made a couple course management decisions that ultimately cost me a spot in the match play. It'll sting for a little while for sure but in a few days I'll realize that I can hang with anyone in the country. This was as amazing experience that I'll never forget."