Middlebury, VT – The Williams men's golf team capped off a solid first weekend of action, shooting the low round of the weekend to finish with a second-place finish at Middlebury's Duke Nelson Invitational.
The Ephs began the day 13 strokes behind NYU and Middlebury. Unfortunately, the round of 285 (+1) was not enough to catch tournament champion NYU, who shot 288 (+4) on Sunday to claim the title by ten strokes.
Senior Will Kannegeiser once again lead the charge for the Ephs, shooting a fantastic round of 69 (-2) that featured birdies on holes 1, 8, and 10. Kannegeiser's only slip-up of the day occurred on the tricky par-four 13th hole, where he made bogey. Kannegeiser finished the tournament in a tie for second with NYU's Robbie Keyes at 143 (+1).
Captains Sam Goldenring and Ben Beiers each played wonderful rounds of golf as well, finishing with 70 (-1) and 72 (+1) respectively. Goldenring was in typical form Sunday, remaining steady throughout the round. His birdies on holes 1, 16, and 18 were offset by bogeys on holes 2 and 12. He finished in a tie for eighth. Beiers's round was a little more colorful, featuring four and five bogeys. His birdies came on holes 1, 4, 12, and 16. His Sunday 72 left him with a two-day total of 150 (+8).
Freshman Ryan Savarie showed promise in his debut for the Ephs. Savarie backed up a first round 77 with a solid 74 (+3) on Sunday. Savarie's round featured birdies on holes 1 and 13. Despite troubles on the back-nine all weekend, the freshman was able to turn in good scores thanks to very good front-nine scoring (-2 for the weekend).
Junior Beau David struggled throughout Sunday's round, eventually finishing with 81 (+10).
Coach Josh Hillman had this to say after the event: "We played a really solid round of golf today. 285 at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course is a solid round and is more inline with the quality of golf we know we can play. Will played solid both days; it's nice to have him back playing again. Our first-year Ryan also contributed to the team's success this weekend. We are really looking forward to a fun season. Today was just the start."
NYU had a stellar weekend, shooting 579 for the event and taking the title by ten strokes over the Ephs. Middlebury finished one-shot behind Williams with Babson and Hamilton rounding out the event's top-five teams. In the individual race, Middlebury's Jeffrey Gigeuere claimed the title by one-stroke, shooting an impressive 70-72-142.
The Ephs will look to build from this strong showing next weekend (September 21-22) at their home tournament, the Williams Fall Invitational at Taconic Golf Club.