Courtesy of Williams Sports Information
HOWEY-in-the-HILLS, Fla. – Day 2 at the NCAA Championships found the Ephs teeing off from the 10th tee at the Las Colinas 6,888-yard course at 7:30 a.m. with the University of Northwestern (St. Paul) and The University of Mary Hardin Baylor.
With an opening round score of 314 the Ephs were tied for 25th place and needed to climb seven places in the standings to 18th place to survive the cut. After two rounds of the NCAA Championship the field is pared from 42 to 18 teams for the final two days of competition.
The Ephs were 15 shots better in Wednesday's round than they were on Tuesday, posting a team score of 299, to give them a two-day total of 613.
And then the wait began to see if the Ephs who were in 24th place when they finished their second round around 1:00 p.m. could somehow climb to 18th place and qualify to play two more rounds.
Playing the back nine of Las Colinas first, the Ephs came out on fire with all five players scoring 42 (+5) or less to put the Ephs just 11 shots over at the turn. First-years Sam Goldenring and Will Kannegieser led the Eph charge coming in at two-over (37). The three seniors in the Eph lineup were clustered between three-over and five-over. Jacob Watt-Morse was three-over; Grant Raffel was four-over, while Ross Hoffman was five-over.
Goldenring put together an eight-hole run that included six birdies and two pars from the 17th hole to the sixth hole. He had three straight birdies on the fourth, fifth, and sixth holes on the front nine, on his way to going three-under on the traditional front nine (his back nine on the day) to end up with a one-under par 71 for the day.
Kannegieser recorded the Ephs' second best round of the day posting a two-over 74, going just one over on his last 11 holes. Raffel went four-over on the first nine holes and then played the back nine at even par, balancing a bogey five on #4 with a birdie 4 on #5 to shoot 76.
Watt-More was the Ephs' fourth scorer going thee-over on both nines to shoot 78 and Hoffman finished with a nine-over 81.
The morning round boosted Williams 11 places in the standings and halfway through the four-day championship the Ephs sit in 14th place. Williams is the first NESCAC team to advance to the final two rounds of the NCAA Tournament by making the cut.
The Ephs will tee off on Thursday at 8:45 a.m. and will start on the 10th tee on the El Campeón course. Williams will be paired with players from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and either St. John's (MN) or Illinois Wesleyan, whichever team wins the tiebreaker for 15th place.