Yale Finishes 10th at Linger Longer Invitational

William Davenport. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

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Davenport Ties for 15th

GREENSBORO, Ga.—The Yale men's golf team wrapped up competition on Sunday at the Mar. 22-23 Linger Longer Invitational with a 10th-place finish, even as another team of Bulldogs—No. 5 Georgia—clinched victory at the tournament by 10 strokes.

Yale shot 306 during the final round of play on Sunday to finish at 886 for the tournament, co-hosted this year by Kennesaw State and Mercer at the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga. That score was one clear of 11th-place No. 47 North Florida and just seven strokes short of last year's runner up, No. 37 Kennesaw State, who finished in ninth. 

"This was a very good start to the season," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "With just a week to prepare for the event, the team kept pace with a number of the strong teams in the field and the players feel ahead of schedule at this point in the season."

At the top of the leaderboard, three-time defending champion No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Georgia battled it out for victory: both teams started the day sharing the lead at -20, but Georgia pulled away with a 281 to upset the Crimson Tide by 10 strokes. Beyond Alabama and Georgia, the field of 15 included several other top collegiate teams: No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 26 Clemson, No. 41 Liberty, and No. 33 Mercer.

Golfers tackled three rounds of the Great Waters Course, a par-72 7,073 yard course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Featuring some of the most dramatic scenery in the south, nine holes are along the shores of Lake Oconee and water hazards are in play in many of the inland holes.

Against some of the top golfers in the nation, the Elis posted several strong performances. Leading the way for the Yale golfers was junior William Davenport, who fired a 72 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 15th at 216.

Senior captain Sam Bernstein finished the tournament with a final-round 79, closing in a tie for 40th with 224. Sophomore Joe Willis was a stroke behind at 225, finishing in a tie for 45th.

Freshman Jonathan Lai and senior Sean Gaudette carded 228 and 229 to finish in a tie for 55th and tie for 58th, respectively.

Yale's golfers will next be in action when they host the Apr. 5 Met Intercollegiate at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. The Bulldogs won last year's iteration of the tournament, beating out second place Rhode Island by three strokes in a stunning final-round comeback.

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