Bulldogs Host Met Intercollegiate

Bulldogs Host Met Intercollegiate

First Spring Tournament in Northeast

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Fresh from their spring break trip down to Georgia and South Carolina, the Yale men's golf team will be back in action this weekend when it hosts the Apr. 5 Met Intercollegiate at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y.

The Met Intercollegiate will be a one-day, 36-hole double event. Golfers will begin at Century Country Club in the morning and play Old Oaks Country Club in the afternoon.

This year's tournament features an eight-team field that includes No. 5 Georgia, Army and Ivy League rivals Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton.

"The Yale team is looking forward to this event, the first of four consecutive tournament weekends in April," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "Century and Old Oaks comprise two of the most storied clubs in the Metropolitan section and together they will present a considerable challenge to the field, which will only be compounded by early spring weather and dormant ground conditions."

"Regardless of Saturday's conditions, I know the players will relish the opportunity to compete for 36 holes alongside players from a top-five team in the country," Sheehan added.

At last year's iteration of the tournament, held over two days at the Century Country Club, the Bulldogs clinched victory after a stunning comeback on the second day of play. They started the final day seven strokes back in fourth position but ultimately won by three strokes.

Central to last year's victory were the performances of senior captain Sam Bernstein and sophomore Joe Willis, who both tied for third, just four strokes behind the tournament medalist.

This year's team has recently returned from a tour through Georgia and South Carolina over spring break, during which the Bulldogs played a round or two of golf almost every day on some of the region's finest courses. With just a week to prepare, Yale finished 10th at the Mar. 22-23 Linger Longer Invitational, a tournament that featured a nationally-ranked field that included No. 1 Alabama and Georgia; the Elis' result put them right in contention with several top-50 teams.

Yale will look to carry its momentum through the Met Intercollegiate and into the remaining spring calendar, which includes the Apr. 12-13 Princeton Invitational, the Apr. 19-20 Yale Spring Opener and the Apr. 25-27 Ivy League Championship.

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