Yale Sits Atop Macdonald Cup After First Round

The Course at Yale. (photo by DSPics.com)

Six Shots Clear of Second-Place Princeton

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Maybe it's the home-turf advantage. Maybe it's the momentum of past successes. Whatever it is, the Yale men's golf team sits six strokes clear atop the leaderboard after Saturday's first round of play at the Macdonald Cup at the Yale golf course. 

With an overall team score of 280 (Even), the Elis currently have the edge over Ancient Eight rivals Princeton and Dartmouth, who sit in second and third place at 286 (+6) and 288 (+8) respectively. 

Though Dartmouth's Peter Williamson leads individually with a 65 (-5), the Bulldogs have plenty of presence up the top of the leaderboard. In equal fifth place overall are senior captain Jeffrey Hatten, sophomore Sam Bernstein and junior Bradley Kushner. They fired rounds of 69 (-1), each in distinctive fashion, and will be keen to edge ahead in the remaining two rounds of play.

Not far behind is freshman William Davenport – at 73 (+3) and a tie for 22nd place at the moment – who started well in his first tournament at home.

A second round of play was to take place Saturday, with a third and final round on Sunday.

Report filed by James Lu '14. More updates to follow.

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