Big Five Challenge Awaits

Team Looks to Build on Victory at Macdonald Cup

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Two weeks after clinching victory at home at the Macdonald Cup, the Yale men's golf team will travel to Huntingdon Valley, Pa., to compete in the Oct. 13-14 Big Five Invitational.

"The team always enjoys competing in this event, which we are doing for the fourth year in a row," said Head Coach Colin Sheehan '97. "It always has a very strong field and it is run exceptionally well."

The Big Five is one of the Elis' most difficult and competitive fall tournaments they will nonetheless use it as an opportunity to further build momentum in what has been a powerful start to the fall season. 

Coming off a second-place finish at the Sept. 17-18 Adams Cup, the Bulldogs charged through the field on the second day of play to win the Sept. 29-30 Macdonald Cup for the second straight year. The flying start tops last year's opening performance, which included a third-place finish at the Adams Cup and victory at the Macdonald Cup. 

This week's competition, hosted by the "Big Five" Division I schools in the Philadelphia area – LaSalle, Penn, St. Joseph's, Temple and Villanova – will still be a steep challenge.

Still, the Elis have several players in fine form, poised to put up strong rounds at the Philmont Country Club. Senior captain Bradley Kushner and sophomore William Davenport both fired away at the Macdonald Cup, finishing in a tie for second. Meanwhile, junior Sam Bernstein and freshman Joe Willis, playing in his first tournament at home, also put up strong performances.

After the Big Five Invitational, the Bulldogs will compete at the Oct. 20-21 Ivy League Matchplay Tournament, held this year at TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton, N.J. That tournament will wrap up Yale's fall season. 

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