Middlebury, VT – Opening their 2019-2020 season today, the Ephs struggled in the cold, windy conditions to sit in a tie for fifth, 13 strokes back of leaders NYU and Middlebury.
Senior Will Kannegeiser lead the team today, firing a round of 74 to sit in a tie for 12th place individually. Kannegieser remained consistent throughout the day despite the tough scoring conditions, making one birdie and four bogeys. Senior captain Sam Goldenring turned in a similar round, making four bogeys to finish in a tie for 18th with 75.
Freshman Ryan Savarie made his Eph debut today to the tune of 77. Savarie started his round poorly, shooting 43 on his opening nine following a tough stretch from 11 through 16. However, the first-year found his footing to shoot an impressive one-under 34 coming in. He made birdies on holes three and eight.
Senior captain Ben Beiers struggled to get anything going in his round, shooting 5 over on his opening nine. Coming in, Beiers followed up two bogeys with a birdie on five before giving the shot back with a bogey on seven to finish with 78. Junior Beau David made back-to-back birdies on holes one and two, his 11th and 12th of the day, before bogeying five of his last six holes to match Beiers at 78.
Senior captain Sam Goldenring had this to say following the round: "Not our best day, but we held it together on a tricky course with a lot of wind. We need to learn from the mistakes we made today and move on to tomorrow. A lot can happen over the course of 18 holes. If we play our game tomorrow, we should be in good shape."
Eph head coach Josh Hillman had this to say: "It was a very challenging day today and we got a bit behind early in the round. By the time we reached some of the score-able holes, the conditions had worsened with the wind gusting around 25-30 mph. I was really happy to see senior Will Kannegieser back in the mix. We're excited to get after it tomorrow."
The first round 304 leaves the Ephs at 20-over par and in a tie for fifth with Manhattanville College. The team trails NYU and Middlebury at 291 (+7), Babson at 293 (+9), and Johnson and Wales (RI) at 302 (+18).
The Ephs will be hoping for a low second round to get themselves back near the top of the leaderboard come Sunday evening.