Bulldogs Tied At the Top After Day One

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

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Will Look to Claim Title Tomorrow

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. — The Yale men's golf team will look to win back to back tournaments as it enters the final day's play on Sunday at the Oct. 13-14 Big Five Invitational, closing its opening round Saturday in a tie for first place.

With one round down at the Philmont Country Club, the Bulldogs sit at 306, equal to co-leaders Sacred Heart. The day was marked by a series of strong performances at what is traditionally one of the Elis' most difficult and competitive fall tournaments. 

The Yale team's blistering opening day puts them at the helm of the 19-strong field, which includes several nationally ranked teams as well as Ivy League rivals Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton. 

Leading the way for the Bulldogs is senior captain Bradley Kushner, who fired a 72 (+2) to turn into the clubhouse in outright second place. His strong opening day performance comes on the heels of another fine performance at the Macdonald Cup two weeks ago, when he and sophomore William Davenport finished in a tie for second.

"The greens at Philmont were among the fastest we have ever seen, producing an average score over 80 for the field," said Head Coach Colin Sheehan '97. "In that context, Brad Kushner's two-over par 72 is one of his finest rounds of his college career."

Meanwhile, playing in his first season for the Bulldogs, freshman Joe Willis shot another consistent round, closing at 77 (+7) to sit in a tie for 16th place. 

"I also want to acknowledge Michael Lewis' enormous contribution that improved our score by six crucial shots," Sheehan said.

The Elis have gotten off to a flying start this season, and Saturday's performance provided another example of the Yale golfers' skill. 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 

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.

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