MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. – Williams finished first at the NESCAC Golf Championship Fall Qualifier, as the Ephs finished the two-day event with a total score of 586. The victory means that Williams has earned the right to host the championship round, which will take place on April 28-29, most likely at their home course of Taconic Golf Club. Freshman Jake Goldenring (Florham Park, N.J.) carded a 146 (+2) to lead the Ephs.
Individual medalist honors went to Trinity's Jack Palley (Pelham, Mass.). Palley turned in carbon-copy performances of 71 on both days to finish at -2 (141). Bantam freshman Nick Buenaventura (Weston, Mass.) was one stroke behind his teammate with a two-day score of 143.
Runner-up to the Ephs was Trinity. Trailing by eight strokes following day one, the Bantams shaved six strokes off that margin but could not come any closer, posting a score of 588.
Middlebury, the 2011 NESCAC Golf Champions, moved up from fourth after day one to third, posting a two-day total of 594. Hamilton jumped into fourth with a score of 600.
Trinity, Middlebury, and Hamilton will join Williams during the spring championship round for a shot at the 2012 conference crown. All four teams have won a NESCAC title previously.
Third after day one, Amherst slipped to fifth on day two with a score of 612. Colby finished sixth, carding a score of 623.
Bates and Tufts tied for seventh, as both posted final scores of 633. Bowdoin came in ninth (637), while Wesleyan was 10th (646).
Complete individual and team results will be posted when available.
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