Wayland, MA – The Williams men's golf team sits in prime position after day one of the NESCAC Fall Qualifier at Sandy Burr Country Club. The Ephs lead the ten-team field by four strokes over second-place Amherst.
Senior leaders Will Kannegeiser and Sam Goldenring led the charge for the Ephs today on a golf course with birdie opportunities aplenty. Kannegeiser started his round on fire: birdies on holes one, two, and three followed by a string of pars left the senior at 3-under through seven holes. A birdie on the difficult par-three 10th hole was followed by an eagle on the par-five 11th. After Bogeys on holes 14 and 15, Kannegeiser signed for a 69 (-3), good enough for a one-stroke lead over teammate Goldenring. The senior captain started his round with birdies on holes one and two before making three straight bogeys on the difficult stretch that is holes six through eight. A bogey on 10 was followed by an eagle on 11 and birdies on 15 and 17. Goldenring's back-nine charge left him at 70 (-2) and in solo second-place.
Senior captain Ben Beiers had an up-and-down round that concluded at 75 (+3). Beiers birdied the first and third holes before making bogeys on six and nine. A birdie on 11 got the senior back to one-under par, but he stumbled on the way coming in, making a double and two bogeys to finish at three-over. Freshman Ryan Savarie continued his steady play, firing a 77. Savarie birdied the par-five first hole before making 6 bogeys spread out across his round to finish five over. Junior Beau David could not match the hot start of his teammates, shooting 40 (+4) on his front-nine. After a double-bogey on hole 10, David birdied 11 before two late bogeys relegated him to 79 (+7).
Head coach Josh Hillman had this to say after the round: "We got off to a really solid start today by making good decisions, limiting mistakes and making some putts. The guys started the round confident and ready to post a good number. Will and Sam put together a pair of nice under par scores and Ben, Ryan and Beau backed them up. It was just the start we needed, but we need to get after it tomorrow and get off to another hot start."
Ben Beiers had this to say: "We had a good day one with great rounds from Sam and Will. It's gonna be a battle tomorrow. We can all play a little better, and tomorrow is the time to do it.
The team leaderboard remains tightly packed after the first round. Amherst sits four strokes behind Williams (291, +3) in second at 295 (+7). Tufts sits in third at 296 (+8) while Hamilton finished in fourth at 299 (+11). Middlebury College lurks in fifth-place at 300 (+12). On the individual side, Jeffrey Giguere of Middlebury sits in third place behind Kannegeiser and Goldenring after a one-under round of 71. Brandon Karr and Will Lonnquist are tied for fourth at even-par.
Williams will be looking for another solid round tomorrow to claim their first title of the season and the opportunity to host the spring NESCAC Championship.