Bulldogs Tour U.K.

Bradley Kushner. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)
Bradley Kushner. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Successful 12-Day Trip Across the Atlantic

Cambridge, U.K. — A match against Cambridge University at Royal Worlington on June 13 capped off the Yale men's golf team's June 3-14 trip to the United Kingdom, which also included rounds against Edinburgh and St. Andrews.

With their regular season — marked by wins at the Princeton Invitational and the Macdonald Cup — at a close, the Elis departed for the 12-day trip on June 3.

Once they landed on the other side of the Atlantic on June 4, the Bulldogs kicked off their golfing with the nine-hole Musselburgh Old course, the site of six British Opens and the world's oldest golf course, according to the Guinness World Records.

The Yale team then took on the West Links at Berwick Golf Club, the home of the original Redan hole, the most copied hole in the world — including The Course at Yale's 13th. 

That was not the only thing familiar to the Elis on their trip: the following day, they played a round at The Renaissance Club, where former captain Ben Wescoe '10 interned last summer and fall.

Competition against other teams began June 6, with a morning match against Edinburgh at Eli and an afternoon round against St. Andrews at Kingsbarns Golf Links.

The next two days saw the Bulldogs take on two of Scotland's most vaunted courses: the New Course at St. Andrews and Turnberry Ailsa, which head coach Colin Sheehan '97 called "maybe the most beautiful course in Scotland."

A quick hop down to London was followed by four more days of golfing, including a two-night stay in Cambridge and rounds at the Rye Golf Club, Royal St. George's Golf Club and Littlestone Golf Club.

The Elis returned to New York the evening of June 14.

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