Bulldogs Face Georgia in Historic Match-Up

Sam Bernstein. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Elis Take On Georgia and Bradley

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — With its spring campaign underway, the Yale men's golf team will take on No. 10 Georgia in a historic match-up on Mar. 16 before facing Bradley on Mar. 18. 

On the heels of a 14th-place finish at the Mar. 11-12 Tiger Invitational at the Lake Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Ala., the Elis will travel down to Florida for a 36-hole match with Georgia.

The match is significant in several ways. It will take place at the Mountain Lake Club in Lake Wales, Fla., a course designed by Seth Raynor, who co-designed the Yale Golf Course. 

And the historical relationship between the two schools adds to the match's significance: Georgia adopted the Bulldog as a mascot because of Abraham Baldwin, a Yale alumnus who served as the school's first university President. In 1929, when Georgia opened its football stadium with a game against Yale on Oct. 12, the two teams also met on the golf course two days later. Georgia came away with a 5-1 win.

Although the match-up is likely to be challenging, the Elis will look to the opportunity to continue to tune-up for the spring season. The spring campaign began against a highly-ranked field at the Tiger Invitational; there, the best performer was junior Sam Bernstein, who finished in a tie for 10th place amid in highly competitive field.

Following the Georgia match-up, the Bulldogs will take on Bradley in an one-round, 18-hole match on the Streamsong Resort's Red Course in Polk County, Fla. Streamsong boasts two new courses and the Yale team will take full advantage, playing five rounds there over three days. 

After the Bulldogs return from Florida, competition in the northeast will begin apace with the Apr. 6 Yale Spring Opener, which they will host at the Yale Golf Course. The Yale team last won the event in 2010 by one stroke over Central Connecticut State University.

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