Sam Goldenring -
MIDDLEBURY, VT - The Williams Men's Golf Team is off to great start to the 2018-19 season thanks to some inspired play on Sunday that culminated in both a team victory and an individual victory for junior captain Sam Goldenring.
Coming into the day 2 shots back overnight leaders NYU, the team got off to a slow start, at one point falling more than 10 shots back of the lead and into 10th place on the leaderboard. Despite falling behind, the team never let their heads drop and through grit and determination unleashed a furious team charge to the #1 spot on the leaderboard, where they would end the day.
As has so often been the case, Goldenring was once again rock solid both in the shift he put in for the Ephs and his own pursuit of the individual title. Coming into the day with a 1 shot lead in the individual competition after a 2-under 69 yesterday, Goldenring started the day with a birdie on the first but found trouble on the third, which ultimately led to a double. Not to be denied, the junior played the rest of his round in 2-under fashion to finish with a 1-under score of 70 for the day, leaving him at 3-under for the tournament and 3 shots ahead of the nearest challenger.
Senior captain Jake Foehl's day was typical of the Ephs' fighting spirit. After flying out of the gates with a birdie on the first, Foehl endured a slump which featured six bogeys over the next seven holes, leaving him at 5-over on the day through 8 holes. In need of a spark, Foehl dug in and rattled off 3 birdies in his next 7 holes before eventually finishing with a crucial 4-over 75.
Sophomore Beau David's round closely mirrored that of Foehl in the fight he showed to come back after another slow start. After five bogeys in his opening nine holes, David turned things around with a pair of birdies on his tenth and twelfth holes, both par-3's. Following this strong run, David managed to par out and get in the clubhouse with a 2-over 73, another strong round for the Ephs.
Freshman David Brewer once again displayed his cool composure by following his debut 75 with another solid round of 2-over 73. While his teammates' rounds ebbed and flowed, Brewer plugged through his 18 holes in a relatively low-stress manner with one birdie, three bogeys, and 14 pars.
Brewer's 73 rounded out a very solid Sunday score of 291 (+7) to take the Ephs 2-day total to 584 (+16), four shots better off than the next competitor. Trailing the Ephs were second-place finishers Trinity at 588 (+20), followed by Saturday leaders NYU at 590 (+22).
The team could not have hoped for a better start to the season, highlighted by Goldenring's exceptional individual play, Brewer's impressive debut, and the team's ability to battle through tough stretches all around. After the round, Goldenring remarked, "The team fought really hard today and never gave up. I think we dropped down to 10th place after a slow start on the front nine, but we kept chipping away and came out on top".
Determined not to rest on this weekend's accomplishments, the Ephs will look to continue this run of form with another strong performance at their home tournament, the Williams Fall Invitational, this weekend from September 22-23 at Taconic Golf Club.