Golfers Eye Ivy League Championship

Bradley Kushner. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Look to Build on Last Year's Result 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — With two victories in a row under its belt, the Yale men's golf team enters the Apr. 26-28 Ivy League Championship in strong form to contend for the title.

In the past two weekends, the Bulldogs have notched up wins at the Apr. 13-14 Princeton Invitational and the Apr. 20-21 Century Intercollegiate. On both occasions, the Elis were behind after the opening day of play but stormed home during the final round to claim the championship.

Those two victories will give the Yale golfers plenty of confidence as they head to the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., for the 54-hole Ivy League Championship. On the par-71 6,942-yard course, the Elis will look to build on their result at last year's Ivy League Championship, when they finished in sixth. 

"The players are very excited to keep the momentum going for the conference championship," said Head Coach Colin Sheehan '97.

Based on this season's results, the Bulldogs are shaping up well for this weekend's competition. At the Princeton Invitational, the Elis beat out all seven other Ancient Eight teams, and at the Century Intercollegiate, Yale topped Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Princeton.

As a result of the season so far, Princeton is the top-ranked Ivy League team according to GolfStat. The Tigers are ranked No. 129 in Division I, just ahead of Yale, which sits at No. 130. The next highest ranked team is Penn, at No. 169. 

All the Yale golfers have been contributing to the team's success. Senior captain Bradley Kushner, juniors Sam Bernstein and Sean Gaudette, sophomore William Davenport and freshman Joe Willis have all notched up strong performances in recent weeks, and will look to take that momentum into the weekend's competition. 

"They are working hard to prepare for Caves Valley which is an incredible venue for this event," Sheehan said. "As always, their goal is to play to their highest standards. If that's accomplished, the results can be what they may." 

The last time the Elis claimed the Ivy League Championship was in 2011, when they won by 20 strokes to take home their first Ivy League title since 2003.

Players will tee off for their opening round on Friday starting at 8:00 a.m. The second round will commence at noon Saturday, while the final round kicks off at 8:00 a.m. Sunday.

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