April 10, 2011

Bulldogs Victorious at Princeton Invitational

Successful Day Down at Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. – Holding onto its lead from the first day's play, the Yale men's golf team took home the Princeton Invitational on Sunday, beating out 11 other teams at the Springsdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J..

For the second year in a row, the Bulldogs fended off tough competition to win the tournament, this time with a final team score of -4, a full six strokes better than Ivy League rivals Penn (+2), who took second-place, and 37 strokes ahead of Georgetown and Ancient Eight rival Princeton, who shared third-place at +33.

"It was a thrill to watch the team play this weekend, because they were incredibly patient and really smart on the course," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "We've had a lot of success at this event, and it's a course that we really like."

Last year, the Yale team only just clinched the tournament after a tense tie-breaker against Harvard, who finished on the same overall team score.

Leading the charge on Sunday was freshman Sam Bernstein, who powered through his round to finish at -5 overall for the tournament, a score that put him out in front in first-place individually. His rounds of 68 (-3), 72 (+1) and 68 (-3) were put together with a meticulous consistency that was hard to beat, and follow a number of other strong performances earlier in the season.

"This is great milestone for Sam - he is an extremely talented golfer and shows a lot of poise as a freshman," Sheehan said. "He has a game that is beyond his years."

Senior captain Thomas McCarthy, who shared first-place with Bernstein going into the final day's play, also did not disappoint, firing a 70 (-1) today to finish at -3, a score that put him in outright second-place. McCarthy's performance at this year's Princeton Invitational comes on the heels of last year's standout effort at the competition, at which he notched up rounds of 67 (-4), 70 (-1) and 73 (+2) to finish at -3 and claim first-place individually.

Not far behind McCarthy and Bernstein on the leaderboard was junior Jeffrey Hatten, who shot a final round 72 (Even) to finish at +3 overall and a tie for seventh-place.

"We were able to put together a good team effort, and maintain the good play for more than one round," McCarthy said. "Hopefully this win will kick start our season, and we can ride this momentum for the next two weeks."

The Elis will look to continue to build this momentum when they head to the Apr. 16-17 Century Intercollegiate at the Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y..

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