April 7, 2012

Bulldogs Host Yale Spring Opener

Back on the East Coast

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's golf team will look to kick off its spring season in style when it returns home for the Yale Spring Opener, which takes place Apr. 7 at The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn.

The event is the Bulldogs' first back on the east coast, though the team gained valuable experience at the Mar. 12-13 Callaway Farms Invitational at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., where they finished in ninth place overall.

With the team back in competition in New Haven, they will look to repeat successes of the past: the Elis took out the Spring Opener two years ago, winning by a single stroke.

"The team has been able to take advantage of the marvelous weather in March, as well as a very productive eight days in Southern California," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "The golf course is in terrific shape and I know the players are excited, as always, to compete on our home turf where they benefit from local knowledge."

The Spring Opener will be a good opportunity for the Yale team to establish momentum that they can carry through the course of the spring season. In the next several months, the Elis will look to repeat their string of success last spring, which included wins at the Princeton Invitational and the Ivy League Championship.

"We hope this event can be a springboard for the remainder of the April stretch," Sheehan said. "We are very pleased to welcome the University of Tennessee Volunteers to the event. The Yale players are certainly eager to compete with our guests from the South East Conference."

Saturday's field will include Brown, Dartmouth, Niagara, Temple, St. Peters, Colgate, Tennessee, Manhattan, Seton Hall and Lafayette.

Against them, the Yale team has a key advantage this weekend: the tournament will take place at home, at The Course at Yale, which was designed by champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA Charles Blair Macdonald. Recognized around the world as an exemplar of the early American golf course, the course has been voted the number one college golf course in America and was ranked 71st on Golf Magazine's list of the 100 most difficult courses in the world.

Still, none of that will deter the Bulldogs when they tee off on Saturday. The Yale Spring Opener is one of just three tournaments the Bulldogs compete in before the Ivy League Championships, which take place Apr. 27-29 at Galloway National Golf Course in Galloway, N.J.

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

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