Spring Season Opens with Tiger Invitational

Trip to Alabama and Florida to Precede Northeast Competition

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale men's golf team will kick off its spring season with one of its toughest tournaments of the year: the Mar. 11-12 Tiger Invitational. 

Hosted by No. 19 Auburn at the Lake Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Ala., the Tiger Invitational features a highly-ranked field including No. 48 Kentucky, No. 41 North Carolina and No. 26 Wake Forest. 

With the Tiger Invitational less than a week away, Yale's golfers are rearing to go after a disciplined winter training regime. Leading the team will be senior captain Bradley Kushner, who captained the team to victory at the Sept. 29-30 Macdonald Cup and earned a second-place finish at the same tournament. He will be ably supported by fellow seniors Carson Weinand and Zach Plutzik, both of whom bring several years of experience into their final spring campaigns.

The Elis boast a deep line-up this season: junior Sam Bernstein, who took home the individual medal at the Sept. 17-18 Adams Cup, and sophomore William Davenport, who tied for second at the Macdonald Cup, will both look to make a mark throughout the course of the season. And freshman Joe Willis, who notched up a second-place finish at the Adams Cup, will look to break out strongly in his first spring season.

Several other talented golfers will also look to contribute to the Bulldogs' performance this year: juniors Sean Gaudette and Michael Lewis-Goldman and sophomores Thomas Greenhalgh, John McNiff and Cooper Stainbrook.

Indeed, they will have several opportunities to compete at the highest level. The Tiger Invitational will be followed by a historic match-up against No. 16 Georgia on Mar. 16 at the Mountain Lake Club in Lake Wales, Fla., and a Mar. 18 match against Bradley on the Streamsong Resort's Red Course in Polk County, Fla.

The Bulldogs will then return home to host the Apr. 6 Yale Spring Opener, which will take place on the Yale Golf Course. Yale last took home the event in 2010 by one stroke over Central Connecticut State University. That will be followed by the Apr. 14-15 Princeton Invitational at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J. There, the Elis have taken home the championship for the past three years and will be looking to repeat their success. 

The Apr. 21-22 Century Intercollegiate at the Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., is the Bulldogs' last tournament before the season culminates with the Apr. 26-28 Ivy League Championship, which will take place at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.

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