Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – The Ephs were unable to mount a charge up the leaderboard today at the Saratoga National Golf Club Invitational hosted by Skidmore College. Unable to get any momentum in the round, Williams finished the event in fifth-place.
Senior captain Ben Beiers continued his strong play at this event today, carding a round of two-under 70. Beiers' round included five birdies, including two in a row on holes 15 and 16. Those birdies were offset by only three bogeys, two of which coming in his first five holes. Beiers finished the event in a tie for third place in the 44 person field. Sam Goldenring continued his strong play this season, carding a one-under 71 to finish T6. Goldenring's round started off with nine-straight pars before making three birdies and two bogeys on the back.
Senior Will Kannegeiser struggled to get anything going in his round today, eventually finishing with 79 (+7). Kannegeiser's round was characterized by a lack of birdies: he made 11 pars and seven bogeys. Sophomore Wyatt Khosrowshahi also struggled to make birdies. Although he did birdie the par-three fifth and the challenging closing hole, Khosrowshahi struggled overall, finishing with 83 (+11). Thomas VanBelle also struggled on the day, carding an 86 (+14). His lone birdie of the day came on the difficult 18th.
Coach Josh Hillman had this to say after the event: "We played a nice round yesterday and followed it up with a so-so round today. In a quality field like the one we faced, you can drop positions quickly doing that. We did have two players play well though. Ben Beiers had his best finish of the year shooting -3 while Sam Goldenring also finished under par for the event. All in all, I am proud of how the guys battled this weekend. They worked hard all weekend and sometimes that's all you can do."
The Ephs finished the event in fifth place with a score of 593 (+17). NYU came from behind to win the event, shooting an incredible 6-under par round to finish at 577 (+1). Rounding out the top five teams were Babson (578, +2), RPI (588, +12), and Trinity (590, +14). Joey Burlison of NYU ran away with the indicidual crown, firing two impressive rounds to finish the event at nine-under par (135).
Williams will tee it up again in their final event of the season on Tuesday October 15th at Ekwanok Country Club. The event at Ekwanok pits Williams against NESCAC foes Trinity, Middlebury, and Hamilton in an eight-count-six format that differs from the traditional tournament format of five-count-four. The team will be eager to finish the fall on a high-note at one of the year's most fun events.