April 28, 2013

Elis Finish Second At Ivy League Championship

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Bernstein Makes Second Team All-Ivy, Voted Player of the Year 

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Yale men's golf team finished in second place at the Apr. 26-28 Ivy League Championship, with a tight finish at the Caves Valley Golf Club seeing Princeton claim the title. 

Although the Elis led the field in Owings Mills, Md., with a round to go, the Tigers charged through the final round of play Sunday to clinch victory with a final score of +43. Yale was just five strokes behind, in second place at +48, one stroke ahead of third place Penn.

Instrumental in the Bulldogs performance at the Ivy League Championship—and indeed, throughout the season—was junior Sam Bernstein, who carded a +9 for the tournament to finish in sixth place, just six strokes behind the tournament medalist. For that result, Bernstein earned second-team All-Ivy honors.

Separate to the results of the conference championship, the eight Ivy League coaches unanimously voted Bernstein the Ivy League Player of the Year, an award that recognizes his consistent contribution to the Elis throughout the course of the season. 

Sunday's finish also highlighted the promise of younger members of the Yale team. Sophomore William Davenport and freshman Joe Willis, appearing in his first Ivy League Championship, both posted a +14 overall to tie for 12th.

The results of the Ivy League Championship mirror the GolfStat ranking of Ancient Eight teams entering the tournament: Princeton was ranked No. 129 in Division I, just ahead of Yale, which sat at No. 130. Penn followed the Tigers and the Bulldogs at No. 169.

The Ivy League Championship wraps up the Bulldogs' season, which included stunning victories at the Sept. 29-30 Macdonald Cup, the Apr. 13-14 Princeton Invitational and the Apr. 20-21 Century Intercollegiate.

"While this was indeed a heart-breaking result for the lads, they held their heads high knowing they had one of the great campaigns in the Yale golf team modern era," said Head Coach Colin Sheehan '97. "In addition to three wins, they recorded a head-to-head record of 36-9 during the fall season and 36-2 during the month of April."

"Yesterday's results cannot dampen their marvelous achievements that date back to mid-September," Sheehan said on Monday.

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

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