March 16, 2013

Yale Falls To Georgia

Bulldog Against Bulldog

LAKE WALES, Fla. — It was Bulldog against Bulldog as the Yale men's golf team took on No. 10 Georgia here in Lake Wales, Fla., in a historic Mar. 16 match-up.

Yale fell to Georgia in a closely-fought 36-hole match, 565-578, in a competition significant on several levels. The venue was the Mountain Lake Club, a course designed by Seth Raynor, who co-designed the Yale Golf Course. 

And the historic connection between the two schools—Georgia adopted the Bulldog as a mascot because of Abraham Baldwin, a Yale alumnus who served as the school's first university President—underscored the historical nature of the match. 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. Then, Georgia came away with a 5-1 win. 

This time round, Georgia came away with a 12-stroke victory. Yale's best golfers on the day were junior Sam Bernstein, who fired +3 to finish in fifth for the day, and freshman Joe Willis, who shot +6 to tie for seventh for the day.

Yale will next face Bradley on Mar. 18 at the Streamsong Resort's Red Course in Polk County, Fla.

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