April 26, 2014

With Day Remaining, Elis in Second at Ivies

Day Two Results

Gaudette Tied for Sixth

SPRINGFIELD, N.J.—The Yale men's golf team is well positioned in second place with one round remaining at the Apr. 25-27 Ivy League Championship. Yale trails first-place Columbia by 11 strokes and will seek to make a final-round charge on Sunday at the Lower Course of Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. 

The Elis began the day in third place, just one stroke behind tournament leaders Dartmouth and Harvard. But diligent stroke-play throughout the day, which was marked by three separate lightning delays totalling 48 minutes, saw the Bulldogs climb into second place.

Yale sits in second with 589 (+29) overall, behind the Lions, who ended Saturday with 578 (+18). The Crimson are three strokes further back in third, at 592 (+32), while the Big Green fell into sixth place with 607 (+47) overall.

The Bulldogs' best performer on Saturday was senior Sean Gaudette, who shot 69—just one stroke off the day's low round—to turn into the clubhouse in a tie for sixth, with 145 overall. He is just three strokes away from tournament leaders Nelson Hargrove (Brown) and Carl Schimenti (Cornell), who finished the day with 142.

Three strokes behind Gaudette, senior captain Sam Bernstein and sophomore Joe Willis are tied for 11th place with 148. Meanwhile, junior William Davenport and freshman Jonathan Lai are tied for 19th at 152.

At last year's Ivy League Championship, Bernstein finished in sixth place while Davenport and Willis tied for 12th place. Those performances combined to put the Elis in second place, 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. 

Yale will look to mount a similar charge in the final round of play on Sunday, when they will be paired with Columbia. The movement in the leaderboard on Saturday—in which Yale cut 11 strokes off its first round score and Columbia shaved its first round score by 26—suggests that the tournament is wide-open for whichever team can post the strongest round.

Golfers will tee off starting at 8 a.m., with Yale and Columbia beginning at 10 a.m.

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

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