Wayland, MA – Williams started Sunday at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier with a three-stroke lead over second-place Amherst. After a hard-fought round, the Ephs emerged victorious by two shots over Tufts after at Sandy Burr Country Club.
Will Kannegeiser led the Ephs again today with another under-par round. Kannegeiser started his round well again, birdieing holes 2, 3, and 7. After a string of pars, the senior ran into trouble, making bogeys on holes 13, 15, and 16. A birdie on the short par-five 17th and a par on the par-four 18th hole secured the 71 (-1) and the individual victory. Senior captain Sam Goldenring shot 73 (+1) to finish in second-place individually behind his teammate. After birdieing the par five 1st hole and parring the 2nd, Goldenring made four on his 16 closing holes.
Freshman Ryan Savarie got off to a quick start to his second round. Savarie eagled hole 1 and birdied hole 3 before riding the bogey-train from holes 5-8. He recovered well on the back-nine, shooting two-over to finish with 75 (+3). Senior captain Ben Beiers shot 76 (+4) after battling poor ball-striking all-day. The senior made birdies on holes 3, 8, and 17. Junior Beau David also shot 76 (+4). After a solid front-nine, a few untimely missed putts late in the round derailed his chances for a low round.
The Ephs finished the event at 586 (+10), two shots ahead of second-place Tufts (588, +12). Consequently, the spring championship (the winner of which earns a berth in the national championship) will be hosted by the Ephs at Taconic Golf Club. The other two teams qualifying for the spring championship were Hamilton (595, +19) and Trinity (597, +21).
Asked for a comment, Coach Josh Hillman responded: "That was the scrappiest round of golf I have ever seen from a team at Williams. The guys really gutted that one out. I'm really proud of and happy for our guys. Congrats to Will and Sam on great tournaments as well."
The Ephs will now turn their attention to the Skidmore Invite at Saratoga National Golf Club, but not before a much-needed weekend off. The team will look to carry the momentum from this weekend's win into the home-stretch of the season.