April 15, 2012

Elis Win at Princeton, Making it Three in a Row

One Shot Victory Over Georgetown

PRINCETON, N.J. — It was a nail biter-finish at the Apr. 14-15 Princeton Invitational. But at the end of play Sunday, the Yale men's team ended up the victors at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J., beating out Georgetown by a single stroke.

That makes the Bulldogs three-time winners at the Princeton event, after clinching the tournament in the past two years.

"We achieved our goal of three-peating at Princeton after wins the past two years," Hatten said. "It was a great team victory."

Yale finished Sunday with an overall score of 858, just one stroke ahead of the Hoyas, who ended up with 859.

Right at the helm of the leaderboard was senior captain Jeffrey Hatten, who played exemplary golf over the two-day competition to finish at -4, a score that tied him in 2nd place behind Dartmouth's Peter Williamson, who closed at -5.

The rest of the Elis were not far behind. Freshman William Davenport, in his first Princeton Invitational, finished in a tie for 14th place after scoring +5. And sophomore Sam Bernstein and junior Bradley Kushner finished at +7, a score that placed them in a tie for 24th place.

Together, the results put the Bulldogs right at the top of the overall leaderboard, notching up a third consecutive victory.

"Russell contributed two great rounds yesterday, Will had great second and third rounds, Brad and Sam played solidly as always and I was extremely happy to contribute to our win as well," Hatten said.

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. 

"We are feeling good going into our last tournament before the Ivy League Championship, the Century Intercollegiate taking place next weekend in New York," Hatten said.

Next up for the Elis this year is the Apr. 21-22 Century Intercollegiate at the Century Country Club, Purchase, N.Y. 

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

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