Opportunity to Face-Off Against Ancient Eight Rivals
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As the Yale men's golf team wraps up what has been a particularly strong and successful fall season, it will face one final challenge: the Oct. 20-21 Ivy League Matchplay Tournament at TPC Jasna Polana, in Princeton, N.J.
In two of their three fall tournaments so far this season, the Elis have topped all their Ancient Eight rivals. That's partly because the Yale team has figured near the top, or at the top, of the leaderboard in each occasion.
At the season-opening Sept. 17-18 Adams Cup, the Bulldogs charged to a second-place finish as junior Sam Bernstein took home the individual medal. There, they beat out Penn, who finished in eighth.
Then, the Elis clinched the Sept. 29-30 Macdonald Cup for the second straight year, with senior captain Bradley Kushner and sophomore William Davenport tying for second place, individually. In the process, Yale topped Harvard (5th), Columbia (T-11th) and Brown (13th).
Last weekend, Yale put together another strong performance at the Oct. 13-14 Big Five Invitational, finishing in seventh place after sitting in a tie for first place after the first day's play. Trailing the Elis were Columbia (T-9th), Brown (14th), Dartmouth (15th), Penn (16th) and Cornell (18th). Only Princeton (5th) finished ahead of the Elis, who slipped from fourth to seventh after a Yale golfer was disqualified for inadvertently recording the wrong score on his card.
Those performances should put the Bulldogs in good shape this weekend as they head to Princeton for the Matchplay Tournament. Designed by Gary Player, the course promises to provide a challenge to all golfers, as they compete in a format that only been employed once before in Ivy League play, in fall 2009.
After the Ivy League Matchplay Tournament, the Elis will break from competition until the spring season starts with the Mar. 11-12 Tiger Invitational at the Lake Course, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Ala.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.