Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – The Williams men's golf team sits in prime position after day one of the Saratoga National Golf Club Invitational hosted by Skidmore College. The Ephs are in third-place behind Babson and RPI.
Senior captain Ben Beiers has a history at Saratoga of playing well, and he backed it up again today. Beiers shot a 71 (-1) on the strength of his consistency. Two birdies on holes 6 and 13 were offset by only one bogey on hole 11. Sam Goldenring had a similar round, shooting even par 72 after making two birdies and two bogeys. Both players sit in the top ten of the individual leaderboard.
Senior Will Kannegeiser continued with the theme of consistent play for the Ephs, shooting 73 (+1). Kannegeiser started his round well, birdieing his and fifth holes offset only by a bogey on the par-five sixth. Another birdie on nine got him to two-under, but three bogeys on the difficult back-nine dropped him to +1.
Wyatt Khosrowshahi played a steady round of golf for the Ephs as well after a difficult start. After two bogeys in his first three holes, the junior was not deterred. He made two birdies in his coming seven holes to get back to even-par before stumbling coming in. Khosrowshahi shot 75 (+3). Sophomore Thomas VanBelle got his first start of the year this weekend. The long-hitter had an up-and-down round that was highlighted by birdies on 7 and 9. Unfortunately, too many bogeys led to a round of 79 (+7).
The Ephs finished round one at 291 (+3), an impressive round at Saratoga National. The team sits one sho behind second-place RPI (290, +2) and four strokes behind leader Babson who put together a blistering one-under par round of 287. NYU sits four strokes behind the Ephs in fourth-place at 295 (+7).
Ben Beiers had this to say: "We put ourselves in a good place to make a run at the title tomorrow. You can't win the tournament on the first day, but you can certainly lose it. We're going to give it our all tomorrow and try to come home with a victory."
The Ephs will be looking for another solid round tomorrow to catch Babson and continue the momentum coming from their win two weeks ago at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier.