Williams captured the 32nd Annual Duke Nelson Tournament hosted by Middlebury College. The Ephs shot a 309 on day two to finish with a 614, five strokes ahead of Babson (619). Rensselaer (622) placed third, followed by Salem State (523) and the Panthers in ninth (629). Action took place at the par-71 Ralph Myhre Golf Course on the Middlebury campus.
Jacob Watt-Moris of Williams took home medalist honors, firing a 69 on day one followed by a 79 for a two-day total of 148.
Middlebury took 11 strokes off its day one score with a 309 on Sunday, finishing with a 629. Junior Rodrigo Andrade (Guatemala City, Guatemala) led the team with a ninth-place finish, following a 78 on Saturday with a 73 on Sunday to finish with a 151. Rookie Reid Buzby (San Francisco, Calif.) was next with a 157 (78-79), good for a 22nd-place tie, while sophomore Bennett Doherty (Bedford, N.H.) tied for 39th with a 159 (82-77). Sophomore Joe Ko (North Hills, Calif.) shot a 162 (82-80), while rookie Ben Bichet (Manchester, Mass.) came in with a 170 (86-84) to round out the host team.
The Middlebury "blue" team also competed at the event, with the four golfers coming in with an impressive score of 625, placing them in a fifth-place tie. Rookie Scott Guidotti (Orinda, Calif.) was the group's top finisher, shooting a 149 (73-76), just one stroke off medalist honors. Rookie Philippe Morin (Canton, Conn.) was next with a 153 (76-77), followed by a 158 (80-78) from junior Eduardo Ramos (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Junior Graham Kenter (Winnetka, Ill.) rounded out the group with a 165 (86-79).
• Men’s golf ninth at Duke Nelson Invitational
• Up next: 10/3-4 – NESCAC Qualifier (Taconic Golf Club – hosted by Williams)