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Yale Set for NCAA Regional in Columbus

James Nicholas
James Nicholas

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After capturing the 2018 Ivy League Championship in addition to four other first- or second-place finishes in tournaments this season, the Yale men's golf team will look for its biggest accomplishment in recent memory: earning a berth in the NCAA Men's Golf Championship. The Bulldogs will head to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the NCAA Regional hosted at OSU Golf Club's Scarlet Course alongside 12 other squads in hopes of finishing fifth or higher as a team at the three-day event to earn a spot at Nationals. 

"The team is excited for the opportunity to compete at the historic and exceptionally difficult Ohio State Scarlet course," head coach Colin Sheehan '97 said. "It will also be the toughest competition of the year but the players aren't daunted by either challenge. They have a terrific attitude as we get ready for round one."

Play begins on Monday, May 14 and continues through Wednesday, May 16 at the par-71, 7,364 yard course which underwent major renovations overseen by former Ohio State legend Jack Nicklaus in 2005 and 2006. The field for the event features Cleveland State, No. 11 Illinois, Jacksonville, Lousiville, Michigan State, Northwestern, No. 1 Oklahoma State, Penn State, No. 13 Texas Tech, Tennessee, No. 22 UNLV, No. 25 Wake Forest and Yale as well as 10 other individual competitors from various schools. Of those teams, the Elis have only competed against the Volunteers in the 2017–18 campaign, finishing in second behind Tennessee at The Yale Spring Invitational in April. 

The Bulldogs' goal of earning a top-five finish at the Columbus Regional will be bolstered by their four All-Ivy selections including Ivy League Player of the Year and junior James Nicholas. Senior captain Will Bernstein, junior Eoin Leonard and first-year Teddy Zinsner also earned all-conference recognition after finishing 10th or higher at the Ivy League Championship. Teams will play a practice round on Sunday before a trio of 18-hole rounds on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

More info about the Columbus Regional can be found here and live stats for all three rounds can be found here

Report filed by Joey Kamm '20, Yale Sports Publicity – joseph.kamm@yale.edu