September 13, 2011

Bulldogs Eye Adams Cup

Look to capitalize on momentum

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With a win in its season opener under its belt, the Yale men's golf team will venture to Newport, R.I., to challenge the top teams on the East Coast at the Sept. 19-20 Adams Cup. 

The tournament, now in its 76th year, will feature not just Ancient Eight rivals but also many other top college teams from around the country, as they each take on the Newport National Golf Course. This competition has traditionally been difficult for the Bulldogs: last year the team finished in ninth place.

Still, the Elis will not head into the competition without strong momentum. A victory at last weekend's match-play competition with Harvard and Princeton confirmed the strength of the Yale team, which last year took home both the Ivy League Championship and Princeton Invitational.

Individually, sophomore Sam Bernstein and junior Bradley Kushner led the way this past weekend, each achieving a clean sweep; they will look to build on their performances last year, which qualified them for the All-Ivy team, as they head into tournament play. Similarly, senior captain Jeffrey Hatten will look to set a powerful example for this team as he competes in his final Adams Cup.

For freshmen Thomas Greenhalgh and William Davenport, the Adams Cup will provide a first taste of tournament play at the college level. Greenhalgh, who went undefeated against the Crimson and Tigers, will look to build his experience with further successful performances, while Davenport is sure to come out strongly after last weekend's narrow losses.

The Elis will tee off on Monday morning, and play will continue with a second round on Tuesday.

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