BREWSTER, MA - In an agonizing yet encouraging finish to the fall season, the Ephs finished second to Babson at the NEIGA Championships at the Captains' Club on Cape Cod by a single shot.
Junior captain Sam Goldenring bounced back tremendously from a first round 78, his season-high score, to shoot a 1-under 71 on Monday. Goldenring thought his way around the golf course brilliantly in tough, windy conditions to card the joint lowest round of the tournament. He played a typically low stress round with three birdies, a pair of bogeys, and the rest pars. Fellow junior Ben Beiers had a similar tournament to Goldenring in the manner in which he struggled on Sunday but bounced back on Monday. Beiers grinded out pars all day on Monday en route to a 3-over 75, playing 17 of his holes in even par, but was stymied by a triple bogey at the difficult par-5 8th hole, which gave players trouble all day.
Sophomores Beau David and Wyatt Khosrowshahi shot 78 (6-over) and 80 (8-over), respectively. David struggled with his ballstriking for much of the day before finding some extra momentum right at the end to finish his final three holes in 1-under par fashion. Khosrowshahi had a solid round going before finding trouble on the long par-3 17th, eventually making double.
These four scores made up the Ephs' Monday aggregate of 304 (+16), leaving them at 614 (+38) for the tournament, a crushing one shot behind Babson at 613 (+37). Following Williams were Middlebury at 618 (+42), and Husson at 627 (+51).
The Panthers' Reid Buzby took the individual medalist with a two-day score of 145 (+1), an impressive feat in the tough conditions throughout the weekend. Babson's Niko Gianelos finished solo second at 146 (+2), followed by Williams' Sam Goldenring at 149 (+5).
In other news, Ben Beiers won the closest to the pin contest sponsored by Srixon on the 3rd hole on Monday, winning a Srixon hybrid and a case of balls.
While the runner-up finish is tough to take, the Ephs look forward to a break in the offseason before getting primed for the spring.