Mamaroneck, NY – The Williams men's golf team played its first round of the NYU/Manhattanville Spring Invitational today at par-71 Hampshire CC. The players enjoyed sunny weather, ranging mostly in the 60s. Putting today was challenging, as the greens had aeration marks on many of the holes. The Ephs struggled on day one, posting a team total of 323. They find themselves in 7th place, 17 strokes behind first place Manhattanville, who shot a steady 306. Sophomore Dylan Dethier '14, who carded a 78, led the team on Saturday. He trails the individual medalist, Manhattanville's Nick Scica, by six strokes.
Freshman Jake Goldenring '15 was the only other Eph sub-80, as he turned in a 79. He will go into Sunday in a tie for 20th place. Sophomore Ross Bowen '14 is in a tie for 24th with his 80, and junior Wyatt Sparks '13 rounded out scoring with an 86. Coach Pohle had the following to say about his team's play: "We struggled a bit playing a course we had never seen and where local knowledge is a huge benefit. I thought we competed well on a strange course in spite of this."
Williams has the opportunity to make up ground tomorrow. While chasing down Manhattanville might be out of reach, Pohle seemed optimistic that the Ephs could make their way up the leaderboard on Sunday: "We are currently in 7th place of the 13 teams, but only five shots out of third place. I am confident that we will leapfrog a number of teams tomorrow based on the way we are hitting the ball; we just need a bit of luck on the greens."
Full results to follow.