Davenport Elected to Captain Bulldogs

Highest Ranked Ivy Player on Golfstat

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Junior William Davenport has been elected to captain the Yale men's golf team in 2014-15.

Davenport's election was announced Monday night at the team's end of year banquet at Mory's. Several other players received awards at the banquet to recognize performance throughout the course of the season. Senior captain Sam Bernstein received the Widdy Neale Award while fellow senior Sean Gaudette was named Most Improved Player.

"I'm extremely humbled to lead a program with a tradition of such excellence both on and off the course," Davenport said. "The gentlemen on this team are brothers to me, and it will be an honor and a privilege to lead them and play alongside them in what is sure to be a memorable year for Yale golf."

Davenport, who hails from Palm City, Fla., will take the helm of a team that has just recorded one of its strongest seasons in recent memory. The Elis won The Doc Gimmler and the Ivy League Match Play and posted second-place finishes at the Macdonald Cup, the Met Intercollegiate, the Princeton Invitational and the Ivy League Championship. Yale finished the regular season ranked No. 69—the highest of any Ancient Eight team since the NCAA went to the six regional format—and posted a 73-18 season record. 

In those performances, Davenport was instrumental in the Bulldogs' success and notched up one of the best seasons in the conference. He tied for fourth place at the Princeton Invitational, finished in sixth place at the Macdonald Cup, tied for fifth place at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic and tied for 15th place amid a nationally-ranked field at the Linger Longer Invitational. He finished the season ranked No. 210 by Golfstat, the highest of any Ancient Eight golfer.

As a freshman, Davenport was voted the Ivy League Rookie of the Year by the Ancient Eight coaches and posted several top-15 seasons throughout the season. His sophomore year, he tied for second at the Macdonald Cup and tied for 12th place at the Ivy League Championship. 

Davenport will succeed Bernstein, a two-time recipient of the Ivy League Player of the Year award and one of the Bulldogs' most successful golfers in recent memory. 

"I can only hope to emulate a string of captains and mentors before me, who have helped make this team a force to be reckoned with on the national stage," Davenport said. "I am blessed to be surrounded by players who are as talented, disciplined, and motivated as any group of athletes I have ever seen."

"I simply cannot overstate how excited I am to see what this team can accomplish in the coming year, and how thankful I am to even be a small part of it," Davenport added.

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

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