Difficult Opener on Long Island
SOUTHHAMPTON, N.Y. – In a tough season opener, the Yale men's golf team fell to No. 22 Texas A&M on Sept. 7 at The Bridge in Southampton, N.Y.
Coming into the head-to-head dual match, the Elis knew it would be a difficult contest: Texas A&M was ranked 21st in the most recent Golfweek Collegiate Team preseason rankings, while the Bulldogs sat at 138th. The Aggies entered the season on the nation's longest streak of six straight top-15 finishes at the NCAA Championship.
The two teams played two rounds of six, counting the top four scores per round. In the morning round, the Bulldogs shot 316 (+28), with sophomore Joe Willis and senior Sean Gaudette leading the way with a 75 and 76, respectively.
In the afternoon round, the Elis registered a 299 (+11), to finish at +39 overall, behind the Aggies' +4 total. Still, several Yale players made ground in the second round of play, with senior captain Sam Bernstein firing a 70 and junior William Davenport notching up a 73.
"While the Yale squad didn't play as well as they hoped, it was a special opportunity to compete for 36 holes with Texas A&M," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "The Aggies represent the highest standard of college golf and we were fortunate to spend time with them in such a relaxed, friendly environment. We will benefit from this experience as we head to St. John's tournament this weekend."
On Sunday, following Saturday's match, members of both teams had breakfast at the home of one of the Yale golfers, before watching the Walker Cup at the National Golf Links. In this year's Walker Cup, the U.S. squad defeated the Great Britain and Ireland team 19-7.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.