Elis Head to Linger Longer Invitational

Tough 15 Team Field Awaits

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's golf team will compete at the Mar. 22-23 Linger Longer Invitational, co-hosted by Kennesaw State and Mercer at the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga.

The Linger Longer Invitational marks the end of the Bulldogs' spring break tour down south, which has included extensive golfing in Georgia and South Carolina.

"The team has really enjoyed our practice rounds during the past eight days," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "We were treated to some very special destinations."

This year is the first time the Elis have competed in the Linger Longer Invitational, which will feature a highly competitive field of 15 teams. The tournament includes teams from three-time defending champion Alabama, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Clemson, Furman, Georgia, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Mercer, Michigan State, North Florida, Oklahoma, South Alabama and Southern Mississippi. Last year Alabama clinched the title by 16 strokes, with Kennesaw State finishing runner up. 

"This is a great opportunity to measure ourselves against some of the finest players in college golf," said senior captain Sam Bernstein. "Three years ago we beat Notre Dame in a 36-hole head to head match at Great Waters so it will be fun to compete there again."

Teams will compete over three rounds at the Great Waters Course, a par-72 7,073 yard course designed by Jack Nicklaus that is sure to test the golfers' skills. Featuring some of the most dramatic scenery in the south, nine holes are along the shores of Lake Oconee and water hazards are in play in many of the inland holes. On Saturday, golfing will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and players will move through 36 holes. They will then complete a final round on Sunday, with golfers teeing off beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Following the conclusion of the Linger Longer Invitational, the Elis will return to the northeast, where they will host the Apr. 5 Met Intercollegiate at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y.

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

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