April 6, 2013

Yale Hosts Spring Opener

Look to Build on Successful Spring Tour

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Returning home to New Haven, Conn., after a successful spring tour to Alabama and Florida, the Yale men's golf team will look to make its mark as it hosts the Apr. 6 Yale Spring Opener at the Yale Golf Course. 

Most recently, the Bulldogs beat out Bradley 4.5-2.5 in a Mar. 18 dual match at the Streamsong Resort's Red Course in Polk County, Fla. Junior Sam Bernstein, sophomores William Davenport and Thomas Greenhalgh, and freshman Joe Willis all snagged victories against their Bradley opponents.

That match followed several opportunities for the Elis to test themselves against some of the best golfers in the nation, during the Mar. 11-12 Tiger Invitational hosted by Auburn at the Lake Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Ala., and in a historic match-up against Georgia on Mar. 16 at the Mountain Lake Club in Lake Wales, Fla.

The Elis will look to build on that momentum here at the Yale Spring Opener, an event they last won in 2010 by one stroke over Central Connecticut State University. This will not be an easy task: they will have to contend with the Yale Golf Course, which was designed by champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA Charles Blair Macdonald. Recognized around the world as an exemplar of the early American golf course, the course has been voted the number one college golf course in America and was ranked 71st on Golf Magazine's list of the 100 most difficult courses in the world. 

Twelve teams will compete at this year's Yale Spring Opener, including six of the Bulldogs' Ivy League rivals: Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn, Brown and Cornell. Teams will go through 36-holes in the daylong competition.

The field will begin play at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

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

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