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Golfers Look to Defend Princeton Invitational Title

Golfers Look to Defend Princeton Invitational Title

Look to Make it Five in a Row

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—When the Yale men's golf team competes at the Apr. 12-13 Princeton Invitational this weekend, it will look to claim its fifth victory in a row at the tournament.

The 54-hole tournament will take place in Princeton, N.J., at the Springdale Golf Club, a par-71 course that measures 6,390 yards. This year's 15-team field includes Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, Navy, Penn, Princeton, Rider, Rutgers, Saint Joseph's, Seton Hall, Temple and Yale.

"The players are excited to return to Springdale for the Princeton Invitational," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "It is an event where we've had success because the tricky, old-fashioned design rewards teams that think their way around the course."

At last year's Princeton Invitational, the Bulldogs turned into the clubhouse after the first day of play in second place, three strokes off the lead. Led by former captain Bradley Kushner '13, who finished in third place, the Elis posted a stunning final round to clinch the title by two strokes over Temple. That victory marked Yale's fourth win in a row at the tournament. Senior captain Sam Bernstein and sophomore Joe Willis also contributed to the victory, finishing in fourth place and a tie for 17th place, respectively. 

This year the Bulldogs will head to Princeton buoyed by consistent strong performances earlier in season. In northeast competition this season, the Yale team has finished in no lower than third place at a tournament. In their most recent appearance, the Elis finished in second place at the Met Intercollegiate behind No. 5 Georgia; at that tournament, Yale was five strokes clear of the other teams. 

The Princeton Invitational is the second of four tournaments in a busy April for the team. They will return home to host the Yale Spring Invitational on Apr. 19, before contending for the Ivy League Championship on Apr. 25-27 at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.

Golfers at the Princeton Invitational will play two rounds Saturday with tee times beginning at 7:45 a.m. and one final round Sunday with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.

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