WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Josh Hillman's Williams College golf team has won its first two events of the fall season and this weekend they will tee up at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier hosted by Wesleyan University to be played at Lyman Orchards Golf Course in Middlefield, Conn.
The 36-hole event tees off on Saturday at 10:33 a.m., while Sunday's round will begin at 10:44 a.m. Both rounds will be played on the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. course.
The winner of the fall qualifier will earn the right to host the NESCAC Championship, which is set for Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. The fall qualifier winner and the next three teams in the final standings will play 36 holes for the NESCAC title and an automatic bid in the 2019 Division III Men's Golf Championship. Additionally, for the second consecutive year, the four individuals with the lowest scores outside the four qualifying teams will also have an opportunity to participate in the championship.
Trinity is won the 2017 NESCAC Fall Qualifier and the Bantams have advanced to the spring NESCAC Championship 11 consecutive years.
The Ephs own the most NESCAC golf titles and with 12 and have advanced to the NESCAC Spring Championship 10 times in the last 11 years.
"We are having been playing really solid golf and with another full week of practice I expect it will continue," stated Hillman. "A few of us have not seen Lyman Orchards but we will get a walk around Friday. With a good game plan and if we can execute I hope to finish ahead of the other NESCAC schools earning us the right to host in the spring."
The Ephs opened the season with a victory at the Duke Nelson Invitational followed by a win at their own Williams Invitational. Junior Sam Goldenring (Florham Park, N.J.), an All-NESCAC First Team performer last season and a competitor in this summer's U.S. Amateur, earned medalist honors in both tournaments. He shot a three under 139 (69-70) to pace the Ephs at the Duke Nelson and finished two under at the Williams Invitational (69-71-140).
Sophomore Beau David (Lafayette, La.), who shared NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors and was an All-NESCAC Second Team selection last season, posted rounds of 72 and 74 for a two-day total of 146 at the Williams Invitational to finish in a tie for third. Junior Ben Beiers (San Carolos, Calif.) shot 79 each round at the Ephs' home event last weekend completes the Eph lineup.
Junior Will Kannegieser (Minot, Maine), an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree last year and a 2018 U.S. Amateur qualifier, will miss the fall season due to studying abroad in Vietnam. He will be back to compete in the spring.