WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Ephs look forward to teeing it up for the first time this fall in this weekend's Duke Nelson Invitational at Middlebury's Ralph Myhre Golf Course, with high hopes for the year ahead.
The team's optimism entering the first half of the 2018-19 season stems from a combination of strong leadership and an impressive incoming freshman class to build on an already young team. The Ephs are led by a team of experienced leaders in second year captains Jake Foehl (senior) and Sam Goldenring (junior), as well as senior Will Beischer, returning from a year abroad. Together with head coach Josh Hillman and assistant coaches Thomas Sennett and Andy Treen, the captains are poised for a strong season on and off the course, with a great group of guys with game back.
While Foehl and Beischer are the lone seniors on the roster, junior captain Sam Goldenring is joined by fellow juniors Ben Beiers and Will Kannegieser, who competed in the US Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach alongside Goldenring. Kannegieser will be abroad for the fall but will rejoin the Ephs come the spring season in 2019.
Also expected to have a significant impact on the team's success this season are a strong group of returning sophomores, headlined by Louisiana-native Beau David, the NESCAC co-rookie of the year for the 2017-18 season. Fellow sophomores William Conyers, Wyatt Khosrowshahi, and Tucker Van Eck are also expected to play an important role towards the team's success this season. The four sophomores are now joined by four talented incoming freshmen, rounding out an excitingly young team for the Ephs with 8 of the 12 current roster members being freshmen and sophomores. These freshmen include David Brewer, Jimmy Delano, John Menton, and Thomas VanBelle, all of which have already demonstrated proven talent to bolster the Ephs' team for years to come.
In anticipation of the year ahead, head coach Josh Hillman had this to say about the team: "Right now our team is in a very good place. We are confident as well as excited to start our tournament season. We head to Middlebury this weekend with hopes of contending and starting our season off right. We are young but deep with talent, it's going to be a fun season. We are all expecting big things this fall".
Senior captain Will Beischer echoed Hillman's sentiment about the depth of the team's talent and commitment, stating "We have a great group of really dedicated guys this year, including our four incoming freshmen. We expect a high level of interteam competition this year which should prepare us well for tournament success by forcing to get better every day".
The Ephs travel to Middlebury this weekend for the first tournament of the season with the hopes of earning an early victory to get the season rolling and build momentum. Representing the Ephs this weekend will be senior Jake Foehl, juniors Sam Goldenring and Ben Beiers, sophomore Beau David, and freshman David Brewer, making his college debut.