Yale Tied for Third After Day One

William Davenport. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

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Bulldogs Positioned to Pounce on Second Day

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale men's golf team is in a strong position after the first day of play at the Sept. 29-30 Macdonald Cup, tied for third place and just three strokes behind tournament leader Central Connecticut. 

Finishing Saturday's opening round at The Course at Yale on 282 overall, the Elis are within striking distance of Central Connecticut, which closed the day at 279. In second spot is St. John's, a past winner of the Macdonald Cup, and tied for third with the Bulldogs is nationally-ranked Notre Dame. 

The Bulldogs are thus well positioned to attempt to repeat last year's victory at the Macdonald Cup, which they clinched by five strokes to claim their second title in the past three years.

Fourteen teams are competing this weekend, including Ivy League rivals Brown, Columbia and Harvard.

Leading the way for the Elis is sophomore William Davenport, who fired a 67 to turn into the clubhouse tied for second place. Not far behind him is senior captain Bradley Kushner, who shot 70 to finish in a tie for 13th place. 

Yale's golfers will look to repeat past success at the tournament: junior Sam Bernstein, who finished second at last year's Macdonald Cup and won the individual medal at the Adams Cup earlier this season, will particularly look to climb the leaderboard. Kushner tied for fourth place at last year's competition. 

Players will tee off for one more round on Sunday morning. 

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