SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - After some decent day one play all around in the 36 hole Saratoga National Golf Course Invitational, Williams sits 10 shots back of leaders Middlebury and will look for their second come from behind victory of the season on Sunday.
Junior Ben Beiers carded the lowest round for the Ephs on Saturday with 1-over round of 73. After an early bogey on the par-4 2nd hole, Beiers rattled off a string of pars before catching fire in a bottle with three birdies in the space of four holes, leaving him 2-under on the day after 10 holes. Following this run, Beiers stumbled slightly, playing his next three holes in 3-over, but righted the ship over his closing stretch to finish with five straight pars.
Despite some typically solid ballstriking all day from junior captain Sam Goldenring, he struggled for a spark all day until making his lone birdie on Saturday on the par-4 17th. Despite making an impressive 13 pars and no bogeys, Goldenring's lone birdie was offset by four bogeys, leaving him with a 3-over 75 at the end of Saturday's play.
Sophomore Beau David had a similar day to Beiers in its up-and-down nature. David started hot with two birdies in his opening five holes, offset by one bogey, leaving him at 1-under after five. After his strong start, David struggled on the latter half of the front nine, carding four straight bogeys to make the turn at 3-over. David played some solid golf on the back nine but couldn't find another birdie, and two bogeys left him finishing the day with a 5-over 77.
In a round that was truly a tale of two nine's, senior captain Jake Foehl rounded out the Ephs' scoring with 7-over 79. After a strong, even-par front nine featuring five pars, two birdies, and two bogeys, Foehl repeatedly found trouble on the back nine, with two double bogeys on the 13th and 18th holes along with three bogeys. Foehl finished the day with a 79, after front nine and back nine scores of 36 and 43, respectively.
These four scores left the Ephs in fifth place with a Saturday aggregate of 304 (+16), 10 shots back of leaders Middlebury at 294 (+6). Also trailing the Panthers are second place Trinity, at 297 (+9), and RPI and Babson, each at 298 (+10).
In the individual event, Middlebury's Philippe Morin holds the solo lead after a first round 70 (-2), but he is closely trailed by Babson's Niko Gianelos, who finished Saturday with a 1-under 71. There is currently a three way tie for third at even par between Trinity's Will Rosenfield, RPI's Austin Rupp, and Chris Thompson, another Panther. Williams' Ben Beiers sits in solo 6th after his 1-over round on Saturday, three shots back of Morin. At 3-over and five shots back, Goldenring also sits well within striking distance.
The Ephs look to make an early charge up the leaderboard tomorrow in hopes of collecting a third win of the season in their penultimate event of the 2018 fall season.