WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - On a windy Saturday at Taconic Golf Club, the Ephs turned in a strong first round performance to take a seven shot lead at their home event, the Williams Fall Invitational.
Junior captain Sam Goldenring and sophomore Beau David led the charge for the Ephs on what was a tough day all around as evidenced by relatively high scoring amongst the field. Goldenring turned in yet another subpar round with a 2-under 69 to lead the individual event in a strong performance which has become par for the course for the Williams #1. David turned in a +1 72 to trail only his teammate, Goldenring, in the individual event by three shots, along with Babson's Lane Bohman.
Freshman David Brewer continued his strong play from last weekend's team victory at Middlebury with a Saturday 76, another key piece to the Ephs day one lead. Brewer's strong short game and gritty play served him well as he grinded his way around the course on a tough windy, day. Despite some consistently strong play, junior Ben Beiers endured occasional stumbles throughout the day, but eventually turned in a 79, another useful score for the Ephs as they managed three scores in the 70's and one in the 60's on a tough day of golf. Senior Jake Foehl shot 80.
This being the team's home event, they also fielded a "B" team as well as two individual competitors. Representing the Williams "B" team were senior captain Will Beischer, sophomores Wyatt Khosrowshahi and William Conyers, and freshmen Thomas Van Belle and Jimmy Delano. Delano was the only member of the "B" team to break 80, turning in a smooth 79. Delano's 79 was joined by a pair of 82's from Beischer and Van Belle and an 83 from Khosrowshahi to round out the scoring. Conyers endured an exceptionally tough start to the day and never fully recovered, and stumbled to an eventual 85.
Sophomore Tucker van Eck and freshman John Menton represented the team as individuals. Despite losing a ball on his first hole that appeared to be in clear sight and playable, van Eck held it together to finish his day with 83. Menton struggled all day, shooting 90.
The Ephs lead the team event after Saturday with a fine day one total of 296 (+12). The team tees off at 9 am tomorrow and will be joined by second place Babson at 303 (+19), third place Tufts at 304 (+20), and fourth place Husson at 305 (+21). The Williams "B" team currently sits at 14th with a day one total of 326 (+42), looking to make a move into the top ten.
Sophomore Tucker van Eck had this to say after the round: "Today was a rough day, but we fought hard and we go into Sunday confident and with the lead".
On what looks to be a cool Sunday morning, the Ephs look to close in on their second straight victory to start the season.