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Bulldogs in Second After Day One

William Davenport. (photo by David Silverman,
William Davenport. (photo by David Silverman,

Day One Results

Bernstein, Davenport in Fifth Place

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—With one round remaining in the Oct. 5-6 Macdonald Cup, the Yale men's golf team is in second place and will look on Sunday to challenge Illinois for the championship.

Looking the capture their third straight victory at the Macdonald Cup, the Bulldogs returned home to the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn., with a strong opening day on golf on Saturday. They shot rounds of 274 and 276 to finish at -10, in second place behind Illinois, a contender for the national championship last year. Illinois turned in with -21 for the day. The Elis sit ahead of Ancient Eight rivals Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn.

Senior captain Sam Bernstein and junior William Davenport led the way for the Bulldogs on Saturday, carding -4 through 36 holes to finish in a tie for fifth. Bernstein and Davenport sit five strokes behind tournament leader Brian Campbell from Illinois.

Senior Sean Gaudette is just two strokes behind Bernstein and Davenport, closing with a -2 for the day. Meanwhile, freshman James Park, playing in his first tournament at home, finished with +1 on Saturday, and sophomore Joe Willis was a stroke further back at +2.

On Sunday the Elis will seek to close the gap with Illinois and capture their third consecutive Macdonald Cup victory. Last year the Bulldogs won the tournament by three strokes after posting a blistering final round to move atop the leaderboard. 

Golfers will tee off for their final round on Sunday with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.

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