April 27, 2014

Yale Finishes Runner-Up at Ivy League Championship

Final Results Here

Three Bulldogs in Top 10

SPRINGFIELD, N.J.—Three members of the Yale men's golf team finished in the top 10 but that wasn't enough to give the Bulldogs victory at the Apr. 25-27 Ivy League Championship. Yale finished in second place behind Columbia at the tournament, which wrapped up Sunday at the Lower Course of Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.

Entering the final round of competition, the Elis sat 11 strokes behind the Lions. The two teams were paired together on Sunday, during which Columbia extended its final margin of victory to 12 strokes. Yale finished with 893, behind Columbia's 881; Harvard finished in third with 895. 

Still, several Bulldogs posted strong performances throughout the tournament. Leading the way was senior Sean Gaudette, who shot a final round 75 to finish in a tie for fifth, with 220. Gaudette was just five strokes behind tournament medalist Theodore Lederhausen from Harvard. For his performance, Gaudette was awarded first team All-Ivy honors.

Three strokes behind Gaudette, senior captain Sam Bernstein and sophomore Joe Willis tied for ninth with 223, after both carded 75 on Sunday. That top-10 finish earned both Bernstein and Willis second team All-Ivy honors. Separately, by a vote of the Ancient Eight men's golf coaches, Bernstein shared the Ivy League Player of the Year award with Columbia's Brandon Jowers.

Meanwhile, junior William Davenport and freshman Jonathan Lai finished with 231 to tie for 24th place. 

This is the second year in a row that the Elis have finished in second place at the Ivy League Championship. At last year's tournament, the Bulldogs 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. 

The Ivy League Championship marks the conclusion of Yale's 2013-14 season, during which the team finished in no lower than second place at a northeast tournament. The Bulldogs won The Doc Gimmler and the Ivy League Match Play contest in the fall and finished runner-up at their last four spring tournaments: the Met Intercollegiate, the Princeton Invitational, the Yale Spring Invitational and the Ivy League Championship.

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

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