September 23, 2013

Yale Competes At Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic

Bulldogs Will Face Tough Field

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Fresh on the heels of a 16-stroke victory at the Sept. 14-15 Doc Gimmler tournament, the Yale men's golf team will travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Sept. 23-24 Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic.

The Elis will face a tough 13-team field this weekend as they compete in this tournament hosted by Notre Dame on the par-71 7,023-yard Warren Golf Course. Other teams in the field included defending champions Michigan State and Houston, the tournament victor in 2011.

But the Bulldogs enter the tournament with momentum from last weekend's substantial victory at The Doc Gimmler. There, sophomore Joe Willis clinched the tournament medal with a skillful -11 over three rounds of play. Freshman Jonathan Lai, in his first collegiate tournament, carded -5 to tie for third. 

"We are delighted to travel to Indiana for this special event. It includes a chance for the participants in the field to attend the Michigan State-Notre Dame game on Saturday afternoon," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "The Warren Course is a wonderful test of golf and I know the players are excited to keep their momentum going."

Several other players will look to build on their season-opening performances. Senior captain Sam Bernstein shot -2 to finish in a tie for seventh last weekend while fellow senior Sean Gaudette finished at +2. Junior William Davenport will also be in the hunt, after an -11 result last weekend. 

This tournament will be a 54-hole tournament, with 36 holes played on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday. There will be a shotgun start Monday 9:00 a.m. and tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. 

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