NICHOLASVILLE, KENTUCKY -- Williams College junior Sam Goldenring fired a 3-under par 69 on the first day of the four-day NCAA Championship being played at Keene Trace Golf Course in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
The field of 216 golfers comes from 42 five-member teams and six individuals, like Goldenring who were selected to compete for top individual honors.
Goldenring was consistent the entire round notching 15 pars and three bogeys. He avoided bogeys and double bogeys by hitting fairways consistently and putting well.
Goldenring's 3-under gives him a one shot lead heading into the second day of the four-day tournament.
Eph head coach Josh Hillman who is on site to coach Goldenring stated, "Sam played one of the best tournament rounds I have ever seen today. Zero bogies, three birdies, and no mistakes. His mind was sharp and if he had any questions we talked it out. \It was impressive to watch. As we move to Keene Trace Champion course tomorrow we look to keep hitting fairways and greens and maintain a clean scorecard. After our practice session this afternoon we both agreed we are ready to go tomorrow. The amazing part is that Sam may be the only player in the 216 person tournament who has finals this week. It is truly amazing at how motivated our Williams student-athletes are."
"Today was a really solid day," commented Goldenring. "I really stuck to the game plan that coach and I put together during the practice rounds and executed it well. I really let the round come to me and didn't try to force anything."