Middlebury, VT -- Williams had its first disappointing round of the season Sunday on day two of the Duke Nelson Invitational at the par-71 Ralph Myhre Golf Course. The Ephs (619) took an eight-stroke lead into the final round, but posted a poor 321 in blustery conditions and finished in fourth place. RPI (607) shot a scintillating team score of 294 today to defeat defending champion Skidmore College (612) by five strokes. Host Middlebury College (618) was the other squad to edge Williams and finished in third place.
Individual medalist honors went to Hamilton College junior, and Ralph Myhre member, Greg Scott. He defeated RPI's Brandon Mader in a sudden-death playoff with an eagle on the first playoff hole. Both golfers shot three-over par 145 in regulation.
Williams' Ross Bowen (148) posted a steady 77 to earn a third place finish individually, but he was the only Eph golfer to break 80 on Sunday. Fellow junior Dylan Dethier (154) shot 80, and sophomore Jake Goldenring (153), despite carding a 10 on the 11th hole, fired 81. Both Jake Abrahams (164) and captain Jack Ervasti (171) struggled to find momentum on their way to twin 83's.
After an up-and-down tournament, Williams will look to recapture its form next week as the host for the Williams Invitational. Tee times will begin next Saturday afternoon at Taconic Golf Club.