Former Weekly Golfer, Yale's 23rd President Meets Teams
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's and women's golf teams met with newly inaugurated University President Peter Salovey on Wednesday Oct. 16 to present him with several inauguration gifts.
Salovey, who was a weekly golfer at the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn., from 1985-1995, was installed as Yale's 23rd President three days earlier on Oct. 13. The Yale Golf Course, where Salovey has promised to return to after an almost 20-year hiatus, has consistently been ranked the nation's top collegiate course and is one of six courses nationwide selected to host the regional playoffs for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship.
The golf teams presented Salovey with a framed print of the Yale Golf Course from 1934, a popular Y bucket hat, and a hand-knitted Y head cover.
As part of the Bulldogs' meeting with Salovey, the President also participated in the awards ceremony of the F.A. Borsodi Student Championship, an inter-squad scrimmage competition. This year senior captain Sam Bernstein won the men's competition—for the third time in four years—and freshman Elisabeth Bernabe claimed victory in the women's team.
"It was a great pleasure for the players and coaches to meet with President Salovey who managed to fit us into his busy schedule. Knowing that he was once an avid golfer, we wanted to present him with a few golf-related inauguration presents as well as encourage him to return to the course on a more regular basis," said men's head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "He was very welcoming to the teams and gracious with his time, as well as participating in the Borsodi Student Championship awards ceremony. It was an experience that all the players really enjoyed."
The meeting with Salovey came at the tail end of one of the most successful fall seasons in recent memory for both the men's and women's team. The women's team claimed victory at the Dartmouth Invitational and Yale Intercollegiate and finished in second place at the Nittany Lion Invitational and Sacred Heart Fall Classic. Meanwhile, the men's team captured wins at The Doc Gimmler and Ivy League Matchplay, a second-place finish at the Macdonald Cup and a third-place finish at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.