Matches Against Georgia and Bradley Prelude to Spring Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — It will be Bulldog against Bulldog when the Yale men's golf team takes on the University of Georgia on Mar. 16.
That historic match-up is one of the highlights of a spring schedule that begins in earnest over the university's spring break, and continues through to the Apr. 26-28 Ivy League Championship.
The Elis are ramping up preparations ahead of their season opener, the Auburn-hosted Tiger Invitational on Mar. 11-12, held this year at the Lake Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Ala. Participating teams include University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Kentucky. This tournament promises to be one of the Elis' toughest all year: UNC wrapped up last season ranked 18th in the country, according to Golfstat, and is just one among a highly-ranked field.
The Tiger Invitational will be followed by a slate of matches in Florida, beginning with a one-day, 36-hole match with the University of Georgia on Mar. 16. The location of the face off is notable—it will take place at Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, Fla., a course designed by Seth Raynor, who co-designed the Yale Golf Course. And the historical relationship between the two schools should not be forgotten: Georgia adopted the Bulldog as a mascot because of Abraham Baldwin, a Yale alumnus who served as the school's first university President.
"We have enormous respect for the University of Georgia program, both players and coaches. They epitomize the highest standards of NCAA golf so the Yale players understandably look forward to competing for 36 holes at such a special venue," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "We are very grateful to the Mountain Lake members for graciously hosting this match on such an excellent course."
This would not be the first time that Yale has faced Georgia in golf: a four-man Yale golf team competed against Georgia in Athens, Ga., in October 1929. That same day, the Yale men's football team competed against Georgia in the first game played in Georgia's Sanford Stadium.
Following that, the Elis will take on Bradley University on Mar. 18 in a one-round, 18-hole match on the Streamsong Resort's Red Course in Polk County, Fla. Streamsong boasts two new courses and the Yale team will take full advantage, playing five rounds there over three days.
"We are very pleased to conduct the very first university match at the Streamsong property," Sheehan said. "It is going to quickly become one of the finest destinations in the country, if not the world, and I know both teams will enjoy the chance to compete with one another on such an outstanding design."
After the Bulldogs return from Florida, competition in the northeast will begin apace with the Apr. 6 Yale Spring Opener, which they will host at the Yale Golf Course. The Yale team last won the event in 2010 by one stroke over Central Connecticut State University.
That will be followed by the Apr. 14-15 Princeton Invitational at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J. There, the Elis have taken home the championship for the past three years and will be looking to repeat their success.
The Apr. 21-22 Century Collegiate at the Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. is the Bulldogs' last tournament before the season culminates with the Ivy League Championship.
This year, the Ivy League Championship will take place at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. Yale will be looking to improve upon its 6th-place finish in last year's championship.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.