MANCHESTER, VT -- The Williams men's golf team finished their fall season today with a victory over three NESCAC foes Hamilton, Middlebury and Trinity at the Ekwanok Collegeiate Matches at the Ekwanok Country Club. The six Eph scoring players totaled 447, to out pace Trinity (460), Middlebury (464) and Hamilton (476).
Senior Will Kannegeiser led the Ephs today with a round of 71 (+1) to finish tied for first place individually. Kannegeiser capped off an outstanding fall with another solid round that featured few mistakes. Senior captain Sam Goldenring and junior Beau David were the next best scorers for Williams, both shooting rounds of 74 (+4). Both players felt as if they left a few shots out on the course. Nonetheless, +4 put Goldenring and David in a tie for fourth place individually.
Senior captain Ben Beiers and sophomore Jimmy Delano battled the windy conditions and tough greens to post 75 (+5). Freshman Ryan Savarie was the last Eph to count towards the team total with a 78 (+8). The freshman managed his round well and put together a respectable score despite never having played the difficult course.
Coach Josh Hillman said this after the victory: "This was a fantastic way to end the fall season. The guys worked hard, had fun, and enjoyed seeing the result of their determination and hard work. This is a great group of gentlemen to coach. I am proud of their commitment this fall and happy they walked away with a win."
The Ekwanok Collegeiate Matches feature a format that differs from the traditional college golf tournament format. Instead of counting four scores out of five players traveling, teams at Ekwanok count the six lowest scores out of eight. The Ephs shot 447 (+27) to finish first, beating second-place Trinity by 23 shots. The Bantams shot 460 (+40). Middlebury finished third at 464 (+44) and Hamilton finished last at 476 (+56).
After concluding the fall with a victory, the Ephs will now turn their attention to the off-season. After some much-needed time away from the course, the team will begin formal practice for the spring season February 15th.