Bulldogs Tied at the Top at Princeton Invitational

Jeffrey Hatten. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)
Jeffrey Hatten. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Set to Go Three-in-a-Row

PRINCETON, N.J. – After the first day's play at the Apr. 14-15 Princeton Invitational, the Yale men's golf team sits in a tie for first place with Georgetown, setting the stage for an exciting day's play Sunday at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J.

With an overall day's score of 575, the Elis tied Georgetown through the two rounds of play Saturday.

Leading the way for the Elis was senior captain Jeffrey Hatten, who shot Even for the day, a score that put him in a tie for eighth place individually. Not far behind him was junior Russell Holmes, who fired +3 over two rounds to finish the day in a tie for 15th place individually.

Sophomore Sam Bernstein and junior Bradley Kushner also performed strongly, notching up +5 scores to sit in a tie for 20th at the end of Saturday.

All of the Yale players will look to ascend the leaderboard on Sunday, as the Elis close in on a third consecutive victory at the Princeton Invitational. 

Last year, the Bulldogs won the event by six shots, beating out Ivy League rivals Penn, who sat in second spot, and 10 other teams in the competitive field.

The standout performer at last year's Princeton Invitational was Bernstein, who powered through the two day tournament to finish at -5 overall, a score that put him out in front in first place individually. 

His rounds of 68 (-3), 72 (+1) and 68 (-3) were put together with a meticulous consistency that was hard to beat, and followed a number of other strong performances earlier in the season. 

Not far behind Bernstein on the leaderboard was Hatten, who finished at +3 overall in a tie for seventh place.

Two years ago, the Elis won the tournament in a tie-breaker against Ancient Eight rivals Harvard after both teams finished with cumulative scores of 874. For the tie-breaker, tournament officials compared the final round score of the fifth person on each tying team, giving Yale the win thanks to junior Carson Weinand's 74, which beat out the score of Harvard's Louis Amira, who shot 78.

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