April 24, 2014

Bulldogs Ready for Ivy League Championship

Look to Go One Better Than Last Year 

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—When the Yale men's golf team tees off on Friday at the Apr. 25-27 Ivy League Championship, it will look to capture a title that it last won in 2011. The Bulldogs will compete for the championship over three days at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. 

The Elis are well prepared and enter the regular season's final tournament after a year in which they have consistently posted strong results. They won The Doc Gimmler and the Ivy League Match Play contest in the fall and have finished in no lower than third place in a northeast competition in 2013-14. 

It has been a busy April for the Bulldogs. After finishing runner up to No. 5 Georgia at the Apr. 5 Met Intercollegiate, they finished second behind Harvard at the Apr. 12-13 Princeton Invitational and the Apr. 19 Yale Spring Invitational. Their second-place finishes behind the Crimson at the Princeton Invitational and the Yale Spring Invitational were their only head-to-head losses to any Ivy League team in the 2013-14 season.

The Bulldogs are hungry for victory and will aim to build on their result at last year's Ivy League Championship, where they finished in second place behind Princeton. At that tournament, the Elis led by two strokes after the first two days of play but a final round charge by the Tigers saw Princeton claim the title by five strokes.

Yale's team at this year's Ivy League Championship features several experienced players in its roster. It will be led by senior captain Sam Bernstein, who carded +9 at last year's tournament to finish in sixth place; that result earned him second team All-Ivy honors and separately, the Ancient Eight coaches unanimously voted Bernstein the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Among the golfers joining Bernstein will be junior William Davenport and sophomore Joe Willis. Both Davenport and Willis posted a +14 last year to tie for 12th place. Davenport was voted Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2011-12, while Willis comes into the Ivy League Championship after just having tied for third place at last weekend's Yale Spring Invitational.

Golfers will play on the par-70 6,986-yard lower course at Baltusrol Golf Club, which is sure to test all the players in the field. Players will tee off starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday. 

If the Bulldogs clinch victory at the Ivy League Championship, they will advance to one of the NCAA regional playoffs that take place May 15-17.

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

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