April 13, 2014

Elis Finish Second at Princeton

Final Results Here 

Davenport Ties for Fourth 

Princeton, N.J.—Despite a final round comeback on Sunday, the Yale men's golf team could not catch up to Harvard at the Apr. 12-13 Princeton Invitational, finishing in second place by three strokes.

After the first 36 holes of play at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J., the Bulldogs sat 14 strokes behind the Crimson. A final round 273 saw the Elis make up some ground, but they ultimately finished with 835, just behind Harvard's 832.

The Bulldogs posted a very consistent performance, with all five golfers posting solid results. Leading the way for the Elis was junior William Davenport, who carded a final round 67 to finish at 209 in a tie for fourth. 

Just a stroke behind Davenport was sophomore Joe Willis, who finished in a tie for sixth with 210. One stroke further back, freshmen Jonathan Lai tied for 10th place with 214.

Senior captain Sam Bernstein and fellow senior Sean Gaudette finished in a tie for 14th and 17th, respectively, with overall scores of 214 and 215.

Those cumulative performances positioned the Bulldogs well in the 15-team field, which this year included Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, Navy, Penn, Princeton, Rider, Rutgers, Saint Joseph's, Seton Hall and Temple. Yale was 19 strokes clear of third-place Dartmouth.

At last year's Princeton Invitational, Yale turned into the clubhouse after the first day of play in second place and posted a stunning final round to clinch the title by two strokes over Temple.

The Bulldogs will be back in action next weekend when they host the Apr. 19 Yale Spring Invitational at the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn. That will be the Elis' final opportunity to tune up before the Apr. 25-27 Ivy League Championship, held this year at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. 

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

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