WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - On a typically cool early-autumn morning in Williamstown, the Ephs ran riot to defend their home course in an event where there only ever looked like one winner in a performance analogous to Tiger Woods' win later the same day at the Tour Championship.
After taking a seven shot lead after yesterday's play, the Ephs never looked back as they only extended their lead as Sunday progressed. Junior captain Sam Goldenring put in another excellent performance with an even-par 71, and was backed up by another 71 from fellow senior captain Jake Foehl. Both being legacies a Williams and having served multiple years on the team, their experience at Taconic served them well as evidenced by their strong play.
Foehl and Goldenring's 71's were joined by another strong round from sophomore Beau David, a 3-over 74. David continued to build on some strong ballstriking from yesterday's round en route to a relatively stress free round that looked solid throughout.
Despite a tough four hole-stretch which he played in 6-over, David Brewer battled all day and played the rest of his round in 1-under on his way to an eventual 76 (+5) to match his score from yesterday, adding another pair of solid rounds to his impressive play last weekend. After his first four rounds as an Eph, Brewer continues to justify head coach Josh Hillman's faith in him and his decision to put the incoming first-year straight into the lineup. Sophomore Ben Beiers also managed a decent round of 79, but his score was dropped on the back of strong play from the team as a whole.
The team's 292 Sunday total, a four stroke improvement from a strong Saturday in its own right, rounded out a stellar team score of 588 (+20) for the weekend, sealing a whopping 17-stroke victory over second-place Husson University at 605 (+37). Trinity College finished third with a weekend score of 607 (+39).
Sam Goldenring's score of 2-under 140 was the only under par score in the field and sealed Goldenring's second straight indidividual victory by a comfortable five shots and Goldenring's second Williams Invitational victory in his time in Williamstown. Already Goldenring appears an early contender for NESCAC Player of the Year, and shows no sign of slowing down soon after a long run of strong play dating back to the early summer as he looks to lead the Ephs to more victories in the near future.
As for the Williams "B" Team, freshman Jimmy DeLano was the story of the day as he turned in a great round of 73 (+2) to lead the "B" Team in its charge up the leaderboard. DeLano's 73 was aided by another pair of strong performances from fellow freshman Thomas VanBelle and sophomore Wyatt Khosrowshahi, who finished with 76 and 77, respectively. Senior captain Will Beischer added an 81 along with an 82 from sophomore William Conyers to round out the scoring.
The "B" team's solid Sunday play culminating with a 307 aggregate brought them into a tenth place finish at 633 (+67), their goal heading into the day. This strong play from the Ephs' young second team only demonstrates the depth of the squad as a whole and the strength of the program built by Hillman.
After Sunday's play concluded, coach Hillman had this comment: "The whole team played well and battled hard this weekend. Saturday was a very tough day so it was important we stayed patient and did our job. Today they went out and played great, smart, golf and capitalized when they could. Junior Sam Goldenring continued to play really solid golf picking up his second individual win in just two starts. Once again I was impressed with how mature the guys were out there. When we got some bad breaks we rolled with it and when we were making good shots and getting good breaks we remained calm and didn't get too jacked up. It was fun to watch."
This win marks the second convincing win for the Ephs to start the season as well as Goldenring's second straight invidividual win in a flawless first two events for the team as a whole. The boys are back in action at NESCAC Fall Qualifiers this weekend at Wesleyan from September 29-30. Meanwhile, the seven guys not heading to Wesleyan will play a Saturday match vs Amherst on Saturday, September 29. The Ephs will look to keep the good times rolling on two fronts as they head into the heart of their season.