Williamstown, MA – 25 teams teed it up today for the Williams Fall Invite. 129 players had the privilege to play Taconic Golf Club on a perfect early fall day. NYU leads the event by three strokes over Williams after a solid first-round 291 (+7).
The Williams "A" squad sits three strokes behind the Violets at 294 (+10). The Ephs were led by senior captain Sam Goldenring, who shot a round of even-par 71. Goldenring's five bogeys were offset by a tournament-high five birdies. Senior Will Kannegesier was close behind, shooting 72 (+1). Captain Ben Beiers (75, +4) and Freshman Ryan Savarie (76, +5) rounded out the scoring for the Ephs. Junior Wyatt Khosrowshahi struggled on the day, finishing with 79 (+8).
Every Williams golfer gets to see action in the home tournament. The Williams "B" squad currently sits in seventh place, led by the good play of Sophomore Jimmy Delano (71, E) and Beau David (72, +1). Sophomores David Brewer and Thomas VanBelle rounded out the scoring for the "B" team with rounds of 77 (+6) and 81 (+10). Freshman Jay Callahan shot 84 (+13). Tucker Van Eck and John Menton played as individuals for the Ephs. Van Eck made a clutch par on his last hole to shoot 79 (+8) while Menton finished with 81 (+10)
The NYU Violets were led today by strong play from Joey Burlison (70, -1) and Alan Chen (72, +1), putting them in second and tied for sixth respectively. Burlison's strong round was enabled by his four birdies on the day. Rounding out NYU's scoring was Robbie Keyes' 74 (+3) and Chris Lee's 75 (+4). Trinity College and the University of Rochester are close behind the Ephs, sitting at 295 (+11) and 298 (+14).
The individual leaderboard is tightly packed after today's first-round. Nine players are within three strokes of the lead set by Jack Habeeb of Hamilton. Habeeb's 69 (-2) puts him alone atop the leaderboard going into Sunday's final round. Joey Burlison of NYU sits alone in second. Sam Goldenring (Williams A), Jimmy Delano (Williams B), Ricardo Paes Leme (Trinity), and Alan Chen (NYU) are tied for third after firing even-par rounds of 70. Ephs Will Kannegeiser and Beau David sit in a tie for sixth at 72 (+1).
Williams will be looking for a strong round Sunday morning to catch NYU and claim its first tournament title of the season.