Yale to Add Two to Ivy League Winning Line-up

The Course at Yale. (photo by DSPics.com)

Two More to Join the Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's golf team will add another two golfers to its already strong line-up, as it prepares to repeat this season's successes in the coming year. William Davenport from Palm City, Fla., and Thomas Greenhalgh from Weybridge, Surrey, England, will join an Eli team that has clinched the Ivy League Championship and Princeton Invitational just this past year.

Head Coach Colin Sheehan '97 expressed anticipation at the two incoming golfers, and judging by their previous background and results, he certainly has reason to be excited. Still, they will have large shoes to fill, with departing senior captain Thomas McCarthy, senior Michael Fader, and senior Brandon Marick integral members of the team over their four years at Yale.

Davenport, who hails from the Martin County High School, represented his school on both its varsity golf and tennis teams, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout. Balancing academics and athletics earned him an 'AP Scholar' distinction and a student-athlete excellence award. But his academic prowess is only one part of his impressive resume: he was ranked among the top 200 junior golfers in the world by Golfweek, and took home the 2010 Junior Honda Classic.

In addition, Davenport has three top-10 finishes in AJGA national events under his belt, including a third-place finish at Mayakoba. He also counts a third-place finish at the high school state Tournament of Champions and a 13th-place finish at the Future Collegiate World Tour National Championship among his top performances. Off the course, Davenport said he is interested in biomedical studies and hopes to take a pre-medical curriculum at Yale.

Meanwhile, Greenhalgh comes to Yale from Eton College in England, a distinguished school with a tradition of student-athletes. He captained the school's golf team in 2009-10 and held the school's golf singles title for four straight years. That was only one facet of his golfing performance: he also toured the United States with the eight man British Swifts team in Spring 2009, after being selected for the team out of golfers from more than 100 leading British high schools. 

As well as representing Surrey in every age group from 12 to 19 years of age, Greenhalgh also defeated French and Italian golfers at the British Boys Amateur Championship in Summer 2009. When he isn't golfing, he is demonstrating his skills in discursive writing in French, for which he won the Eton College Prize.

Both Greenhalgh and Davenport could do well to look to the example set by rising sophomore Sam Bernstein, a standout in last year's recruiting class of golfers. Bernstein notched up a number of spectacular rounds and ended the year claiming the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year Award for his efforts.

The new lineup of golfers will look to bring home a second straight Ivy League Championship, and will look to build on a win at the Princeton Invitational and second-place finishes at the Macdonald Cup and George Washington Invitational.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.