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Third Place Finish for Elis

Sam Bernstein. (photo by David Silverman,
Sam Bernstein. (photo by David Silverman,

Final Results

Bernstein, Davenport Tie For Fifth

SOUTH BEND, Ind.—With diligent stroke play on Tuesday, the Yale men's golf team climbed the leaderboard to finish in third place at the Sept. 23-24 Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic in South Bend, Ind. Senior captain Sam Bernstein and junior William Davenport led the team, sharing fifth place on the individual leaderboard. 

Entering the final round in fourth place, the Bulldogs carded 287 to finish at 867 (+15), in third place among the highly competitive field of 14 that took to Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course. Tournament champion Houston shot -5 to reclaim a title it last won in 2011, while defending champion Michigan State finished second at +10. 

Bernstein shot the team's best round of the day—a 69 (-2)—to end the tournament at -2, in a tie for fifth. Davenport, who led the field after the first day's play, notched up a 72 (+1) to close alongside Bernstein in fifth, amongst a 78-man field. Both Bernstein and Davenport were just three strokes behind tournament medalist Kyle Pilgrim from Houston, who fired the day's low round of 66 (-5) to win the tournament. 

Sophomore Joe Willis wrapped up the tournament tied for 21st at +6, while freshman Jonathan Lai finished with +13 to tie for 46th.

Tuesday's result follows the Bulldogs' 16-stroke victory at last weekend's Doc Gimmler tournament, where Willis clinched his first individual medal and Lai closed his first collegiate tournament in a tie for third.

The Elis will now return home to the Yale Golf Course to host the Oct. 5-6 Macdonald Cup, a tournament at which they clinched victory last year. 

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