Tough Competition in Bethpage
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Looking to build momentum in its first tournament of the year, the Yale men's golf team will head to Farmingdale, N.Y., to compete at the Sept. 14-15 Doc Gimmler at Bethpage Red.
Hosted by St. John's, the Doc Gimmler – formerly The McLaughlin – will bring together 14 strong teams, including Ivy League rivals Columbia, Harvard and Princeton. Competition will take place on the difficult 7,014-yard par-70 Bethpage Red course, situated next to Bethpage Black, host of the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open tournaments.
Yale will look to bounce back after a tough opening match-up against No. 22 Texas A&M at The Bridge in Southampton, N.Y. There, the Elis battled to a first round +28 overall, before picking up momentum and closing with a +11 afternoon round.
Despite the tough competition, the Bulldogs will benefit from the experience against the Aggies as they head to the St. John's tournament. Indeed, several players posted strong results that they will hope to continue this weekend: sophomore Joe Willis notched up a first round +3, while senior Sean Gaudette recorded a +4. In the second round of the day, senior captain Sam Bernstein stepped up with a -2, while junior William Davenport posted a +1.
This weekend's lineup at Bethpage Red will feature Bernstein, Davenport, Gaudette, Willis and freshman Jonathan Lai, who is making his debut in tournament competition for the Bulldogs.
Golfers will play through 36 holes on Saturday before returning for a further 18 holes on Sunday. Yale will tee off starting at 8:54 a.m. Saturday.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.