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Bulldogs Sit in Second After First Day

Sam Bernstein. (photo by David Silverman,
Sam Bernstein. (photo by David Silverman,

Bernstein Atop Individual Leaderboard

NEWPORT, R.I. — The Yale men's golf team opened its fall season Monday with a beautiful day—both in weather and in play—at the Sept. 17-18 Adams Cup in Newport, R.I., closing the first day's play in second place.

At +16 overall across the day's two rounds, the Elis are just one stroke behind No. 22 University of Central Florida, and 17 strokes clear of Villanova, which sits in third place.

That's not all the good news for the Bulldogs: junior Sam Bernstein sits in a tie for first-place individually, notching up an Even score after his two rounds through the Newport Country Club. And freshman Joe Willis opened his Yale career with an outstanding performance, shooting +1 for the day to close in outright third place. 

Also well positioned up the leaderboard are senior captain Bradley Kushner and sophomore William Davenport, who fired +7 and +8 to finish the day in a tie for 14th and 17th place, respectively.

Those results testified to an outstanding opening day for the Elis, as they seek to build momentum for the competitive season ahead. The men's team will turn to Carnegie Abbey on Tuesday as it seeks to consolidate its early momentum this fall season.

In all, the team is slated to compete in four tournaments in the fall and another four in the spring, culminating in the Apr. 26-28 Ivy League Championship. Next up for the Bulldogs is a return home to The Course at Yale for the Sept. 29-30 Macdonald Cup; there, the Elis will look to go back-to-back after last year's victory at the tournament.

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