Yale Edges Princeton, Harvard

Sam Bernstein. (photo by DSPics.com)
Sam Bernstein. (photo by DSPics.com)

One-Point Win in Season Opener

SOUTHHAMPTON, N.Y. – Although Ivy League rivals Harvard and Princeton put up some tough competition, the Yale men's golf team clinched its Sept. 11 season opener by a single point at the Sebonack Golf Course in Southhampton, N.Y..

The one-day, match-play tournament between the three teams kicked off what is sure to be an exciting season for the Bulldogs, who last year claimed the Ivy League Championship. Despite this past success, it was not easy going: the Elis finished with 7.5 points, ahead of Harvard's 6.5 and Princeton's four.

It was a particular novel experience for the freshman on the team, who were all playing their first matches for the Bulldogs this weekend. Thomas Greenhalgh won both his matches while William Davenport played well but narrowly lost each of his two matches on the 17th hole.

At the other end of the spectrum, senior captain Jeffrey Hatten won his Princeton match and tied against his Harvard opponent. Sophomore Sam Bernstein and junior Bradley Kushner, meanwhile, both pulled through the weekend undefeated, handily beating off their Ancient Eight opponents.

Part of the difficultyplayers encountered during the day was due to the Sebonack Golf Course. Designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak, it distracts golfers with views of the Great Peconic Bay while sinking golfers into tough bunkers and waste dunes, and features difficult greens throughout. 

Still, with one win under its belt, the men's golf team looks set to capitalize on momentum from last year. Those performances were recognized by a number of accolades awarded over summer: head coach Colin Sheehan '97 took out the Northeast Region Coach of the Year Award, former captain Thomas McCarthy '11 was named an All-America scholar and the overall team earned President's Recognition Status.

Next up for the Elis is a trip to the Adams Cup, which takes place at Newport National Golf Course in Newport, R.I., on Sept. 19-20. 

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