Dartmouth, Harvard Lead Field
SPRINGFIELD, N.J.—With one round completed at the Apr. 25-27 Ivy League Championship, the Yale men's golf team sits in third place, just one stroke behind Dartmouth and Harvard, who share the lead.
It was a competitive opening day of competition at the Baltusrol Golf Club's lower course in Springfield, N.J.—the top five teams sit within three strokes of each other. The Bulldogs fired 300 and are poised just behind the Big Green and the Crimson, who closed the day with 299. And Columbia and Penn are tied for fourth at 302.
Leading the way for the Elis were senior captain Sam Bernstein and freshmen Jonathan Lai, who both shot 74 to end the day in tied for seventh place. It is Lai's first appearance at the tournament, while Bernstein finished sixth at last year's Ivy League Championship, where he was also unanimously voted Ivy League Player of the Year.
Two strokes further back, sophomore Joe Willis and senior Sean Gaudette are tied in 14th place with 76. Junior William Davenport closed the day with 78 to sit in a tie for 25th place. Davenport and Willis tied for 12th place at last year's Ivy League Championship and will look to ascend the leaderboard in the final two rounds of competition.
Last year, the Bulldogs finished in second place at the Ivy League Championship behind Princeton. At that tournament, the Elis led by two strokes after the first two days of play but a final round charge by the Tigers saw Princeton claim the title by five strokes.
Golfers will tee off for round two starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and will begin their final rounds at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.