Bulldogs Face Another Tough Field at 1st Annual "Classic at Shell Harbor"

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The men's golf team wraps up its action-packed fall schedule this weekend with a trip to the first ever "Classic at Shell Harbor," hosted by the University of Rhode Island. The 16-team field, consisting of  every Ivy League team, Army, Navy, and several other top schools from the Northeast, will play 18-hole rounds on Saturday and Sunday at the par-71 Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Charlestown, R.I.  The tournament will mark the fifth straight week of competition for the Bulldogs, who are coming off a tie for fifth at the Big Five tournament in Philadelphia last weekend.

Freshman Sam Bernstein has established himself as a major contributor to the Yale squad heading into the spring season, having turned in a dominating performance against Harvard and Princeton in the team's opening-weekend win against their Ancient Eight rivals, and finishing in the top 50 in each of the three other tournaments in which the Elis have played. Last weekend, Bernstein was the Bulldogs' top finisher, tying for ninth overall, just a stroke ahead of captain Tom McCarthy, who finished tied for 12th.

McCarthy, the Ivy League's reigning Player of the Year, has also had a strong fall, leading the way with two wins against Harvard and Princeton, and finishing in the top 25 in every other tournament. He, like Bernstein, will look to round out a solid fall with a strong performance this weekend.

Sophomore Bradley Kushner burst onto the scene in his debut campaign last season, and has showed no signs of slowing this fall. Kushner has finished in the top 15 twice already this fall, coming off a 32nd place finish at the Big Five. He, along with sophomore Russell Holmes and junior Jeff Hatten – both of whom have turned in very encouraging fall seasons for Coach Colin Sheehan '97 – hopes to build momentum heading into what the Bulldogs anticipate will be a special spring season.

 Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity