Look to Go Back-to-Back
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Looking to rebound after a tough Yale Spring Opener, the Yale men's golf team will compete to defend its title at the Princeton Invitational, which takes place Apr. 9-10 at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J..
Last year, the Bulldogs won the tournament in a tie-breaker against Ivy League rivals Harvard after both teams finished with cumulative scores of 874. For the tie-breaker, tournament officials compared the final round score of the fifth person on each tying team, giving Yale the win thanks to sophomore Carson Weinand's 74, which beat out the score of Harvard's Louis Amira, who shot 78.
"We really love the Princeton tournament – we won last year and came in second the year before," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "It's a course that the players really enjoy, and we'll be looking to repeat our past successes there this weekend."
The standout performer at last year's Princeton Invitational was senior captain Thomas McCarthy, who notched up rounds of 67 (-4), 70 (-1) and 73 (+2) to finish at -3 and claim first-place individually. Coming into this year's tournament, he will look to capitalize on both past success and recent momentum; he was Yale's best performer at the Yale Spring Opener, shooting +8 to tie for fifth.
Another notable performance that helped the Elis to victory last year was a +6 overall by sophomore Bradley Kushner, who tied for 12th and shot the tournament-wide low round of 68 (-3). He will look to build on a consistent performance at the Yale Spring Opener, where he fought tough conditions to finish at +15 and a tie for 26th.
The rest of the team is sure to be in the hunt as well, with ample practice throughout the week including a round at the New Haven Country Club, a course which Sheehan said was similar to the course at the Springdale Golf Club.
The Springdale Golf Club is one of the oldest in New Jersey, designed by Gerard Barnes Lambert in 1915 and nestled among the trees and buildings of Princeton University. It was later revised in 1926 by William S. Flynn, who was best known for his work on the Merion Golf Club in Merion, Pa..
"As the defending champs at Princeton, we are definitely looking forward to getting back there," McCarthy said.
Play will begin Saturday morning.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.