WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Josh Hillman's Williams men's golf team will travel east this weekend to play in the NESCAC Fall Championship Qualifier to be played Saturday and Sunday at the Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, Mass. Tufts University is serving as the host institution this fall.
The top four finishing teams this weekend will advance to the NESCAC Championship in the spring that will be hosted by this weekend's winner. At the NESCAC Championship Tournament in the spring the team that claims the conference title will also secure an automatic berth in the NCAA DIII Tournament to be held in Florida in May.
This weekend's tournament will feature 11 of the 15 golfers who finished tied for 11th or better from last season's qualifier returning and five of the 13 NESCAC All-Conference honorees from 2019.
The Ephs will be led by two seniors who have received NESCAC honors in the past in Will Kannegieser, the medalist at the 2017 NESCAC Championship who returns to the field after spending last fall studying in Viet Nam. Classmate Sam Goldenring, last year's NCAA individual champion and the lone First Team All-NESCAC honoree returning. This duo finished 1-2 in the Ephs' lineup to lead Williams to runner-up honors at the Duke Nelson Invitational to open the season. Kannegieser shot 74-69 (143) to finish tied for second, while Goldenring posted a total of 145 (75-70).
Goldenring tied for medalist honors with a 1-under finish (71-70-141) at the recent Williams Invitational.
The Ephs will be led by the senior trio of Sam Goldenring (1), Will Kannegieser (2) and Ben Beiers (3). Playing at number four will be freshman Ryan Savarie and at number five will be junior Beau David.
"The guys are playing well and are confident," noted Eph head coach Josh Hillman. "I expect us to be right in the mix this weekend. If we play our game and perform like we can we will do well. The key is making good decisions and making some putts."
Overall the Ephs have captured 12 NESCAC titles, their last coming in 2017. Williams has advanced to the NESCAC spring championship 10 times in the last 11 years.