Williamstown, MA – The Williams Fall Invite concluded under perfect scoring conditions: sunny skies and minimal wind. Although the Williams "A" squad fell just short of the team title, senior captain Sam Goldenring snagged the individual championship in a playoff over Jack Habeeb of Hamilton.
The Williams "A" team finished Sunday's round one stroke behind tournament winners Babson. The Ephs shot 295 (+11) in their second round to finish the tournament in solo second-place with a total of 589 (+21). Sam Goldenring led the squad with his final round 70 (-1), finishing the event with an impressive (141, -1). Goldenring finished the day tied for the lead with Hamilton's Jack Habeeb. After tying the first two holes in a sudden-death playoff, Goldenring parred the third hole at Taconic to Habeeb's bogey, thus claiming the victory. Co-captain Ben Beiers played a solid round of golf Sunday, firing a 74 (+3). Beiers relied on solid ball-striking all day to lead him around the challenging course. Freshman Ryan Savarie and Senior Will Kannegeiser rounded out the scoring for the Ephs with rounds of 75 (+4) and 76 (+5), respectively. Junior Wyatt Khosrowshahi struggled again today on the difficult course, eventually finishing with 79 (+8).
The Williams "B" squad could not match the success it saw on Saturday, shooting 306 (+22) to finish the event in a tie for eighth place with Hamilton. Sophomore David Brewer lead the team today with a round of 73 (+2) that included numerous up-and-downs and an unfortunate bogey-bogey finish. Sophomore Jimmy Delano backed-up his even par round from Saturday with a 78 (+7). Delano struggled to match his solid play before. Sophomore Thomas VanBelle improved upon his score from Saturday by five shots, carding a 76 (+5). Junior Beau David played solid all-day before an 11 on the 18th hole (his 15th) derailed any hopes of shooting a low number. Freshman Jay Callahan finished with 80 today, besting his score from the previous round by four. Individual Tucker Van Eck started off his round hot before cooling off to shoot 81. Sophomore John Menton, also playing as an individual, struggled to an 88.
Sam Goldenring had this to say after the event: "Stings to lose by one in our home event but credit to Babson. They are a great team and really played well today. Despite the loss, I think the team is in a great spot heading into the NESCAC qualifier next weekend. We have to tighten up a few things here and there but all in all I'm liking the trajectory we are on for next weekend and beyond."Coach Josh Hillman said this following the round: "First off, Babson has a good team and they made the putts today, hats off to them. Second, our team played really well for two days on a very tough course. Taconic had its teeth out. Navigating it was not easy. However, I feel we can still tightened things up a bit. We dropped a lot of shots on and around the greens. If we limit just a few 3-putts and make a few more 5-8 footers, we shoot close to even par and get the W. Individually, Sam Goldenring came back with a very solid 70 today to tie for medalist and then go on with win in a playoff. His game is certainly coming around and we expect good things from him the rest of the season."
Babson College won the team title with a two-day score of 588 (+20). Following the second place Ephs were the University of Rochester at 591 (+23), NYU at 592 (+24), and RPI at 594 (+26).
The Ephs will now turn their attention to preparing for next week's NESCAC qualifier hosted by Tufts University. After a disappointing finish in the event last year, the team will need no motivation working hard in practice this week.