SARATOGA, NY - After a long opening day of golf at Skidmore's Tim Brown Invitational at the par-71 Ballston Spa Country Club, the Ephs find themselves in third place, trailing Middlebury by 7 shots and Trinity by 4 shots. Sunday's final round will feature an all-NESCAC shootout between the top three finishers, the Panthers, Bants, and Ephs, in what promises to be an intriguing conclusion to the tournament.
Numerous Ephs took advantage of Saturday's nice weather and scoring conditions. Junior captain Sam Goldenring, in typical Sam Goldenring fashion, made 17 pars and birdie at the short, 475 yard par-5 8th hole to turn in a 1-under round of 70. Goldenring was not the only Eph to capitalize on the gettable par-5 8th– the team played the hole in a combined 4-under par on Saturday.
Fellow junior Ben Beiers played a similarly steady round, the one exception being a lone triple-bogey at the 375 yard par-4 12th, which gave the team trouble all day. Fortunately, Beiers played the rest of his round bogey-free and even offset the triple with 3 birdies to finish his round at even-par 71.
Sophomore Beau David turned in another strong round for the Ephs with a 2-over 73. Unlike his junior compatriots, David had an impressively up and down day with a number of birdies and bogeys. The highlight of David's round was an eagle at the par-5 8th, to get him to 1-under at that point in his round, but a string of bogeys on the back brought him back over par, before finishing strong with a birdie at the par-4 18th.
Sophomore Wyatt Khosrowshahi struggled for a spark all day, eventually shooting a 9-over 80. Khosrowshahi bounced back from a few early bogeys with a birdie at the par-5 8th, but struggled as he opened his back 9 with several other bogeys en route to his 80. Freshman David Brewer started strong with a 2-over 37 on his front, but struggled on the back to finish with a 13-over 84.
Khosrowshahi's 80 rounded out the scoring for the Ephs, for a total of 294 (+10). This leaves the men 7 shots back of leaders Middlebury at 287 (+3), and 4 shots back of 2nd place Trinity (+6), well within striking distance with some strong Sunday play. Following the Ephs are hosts Skidmore in 4th, with 295 (+11), and St. Thomas Aquinas, with 298 (+14), currently sitting in fifth.
In the stroke play event, Trinity's Will Rosenfield and Middlebury's Jeff Giguere hold the joint lead with a pair of 4-under 67's. In solo third is Skidmore's Damian Hammond with a 2-under 69, followed by Williams' Sam Goldenring and St. Thomas Augustinas' Shkelqim Kukaj with 1-under 70's, sitting tied 4th. After day one, Ben Beiers sits in a tie for 6th, while Beau David remains tied for 10th.
The Ephs look to build on some promising Saturday play and mount a charge up the leaderboard come Sunday.