September 23, 2013

Davenport Leads Field at Notre Dame

Day One Results

Bulldogs Sit in Fourth

SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Junior William Davenport played an exhilarating day of golf on Monday to lead the field at the Sept. 23-24 Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic in South Bend, Ind. Davenport and senior captain Sam Bernstein, who finished the day tied for seventh, propelled the Yale men's golf team into fourth place with a round of play remaining on Tuesday.

Davenport fired rounds of 71 and 68—the day's equal best round—to finish the day at -3, atop the leaderboard and one stroke clear of a trio of players tied for second at -2. The 78-man field played two rounds through the par-71 7,023-yard Warren Golf Course on Monday. 

Yale found itself with +12 overall and in fourth place as golfers returned to the clubhouse for the day. The Bulldogs trail tournament leader and 2011 champion Houston, which shot -3 for the day. But the fourth-place close on Monday is a strong performance, given the highly competitive field of 13; Yale sits just two strokes behind defending champion Michigan State. 

Bernstein carded an Even score through the day's two rounds, to sit in a tie for seventh. Four strokes further back, sophomore Joe Willis, who clinched his first tournament medal at The Doc Gimmler last weekend, sits in a tie for 19th at +4.

Yale's golfers will tee off for their final round starting at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. 

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