NORMAN, OKLAHOMA – Eph senior captain Sam Goldenring was recently accorded PING All-Northeast honors by the Golf Coaches Association of America and now he has been named to the PING All-America Third Team.
This is Goldenring's second PING All-America honor in as many years as he was a First Team Selection in 2019 when he was the medalist at the NCAA DIII Championship at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, Goldenring shot a three-under 285 over four rounds to become the first Eph male to win NCAA medalist honors. In addition Goldenring has qualified for the last two U.S. Amateur Golf championships.
This fall Goldenring compiled a 71.5 scoring average in the fall portion of the Eph schedule, helping Williams win the NESCAC Fall Qualifier, which without the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic would have allowed the Ephs to host the 2020 NESCAC Championship. Goldenring is the only Eph male golfer to earn All-America honors three times in a career
"Sam is one of the most prepared and hardest working people I have ever seen," said Eph head coach Josh Hillman. "He thinks everything through, asks for help, listens and works hard on incorporating the advice he receives into his game. I'm not surprised he won the 2019 NCAA Championship, earned both First Team and Third Team All-America and Honorable Mention All-America honors in his career and established himself as one of the best in the country year after year."
"I know Sam is upset at how the spring season ended so abruptly," added Hillman. "He was ready to make another push at the NCAA Championship and I feel with how he was trending he could have done it.
"During the year because Williams golfers are students first and their athletics is second, we do not travel out of region much and this can sometimes hurt our team, limiting the head to head with other, nationally ranked teams and when awards like these come out it is hard to get a true feel for how solid some of our Northeast golfers really are. Sam has been a tremendous person to coach and Williams will miss him."