VENTURA, Calif. – The Yale men's golf team suffered defeat in a match against UC Santa Barbara on Friday at Olivas Links in its first event of the spring season. The Bulldogs (795) lost to the Gauchos (789) in an event that featured 36 holes of stroke play.
In the morning, eight players on each side competed with the top six scores from each team counted. After the first round, Yale trailed UC Santa Barbara 421–429. Senior captain Li Wang and sophomore James Nicholas each shot a 69 in the opening 18 holes, the best scores of any Bulldogs. Sophomore Eoin Leonard also contributed a 70.
In the afternoon round the Elis got the better of the Gauchos by two strokes, winning 366–368. Senior Jonathan Lai injured his arm late in the morning round, so both teams only played seven golfers in the afternoon and counted five of the scores. Wang and Leonard led all Bulldogs on the second set of eighteen holes, each recording a 72 to cap off a six stroke loss for Yale's team.
"It was a lovely day in Ventura on the Olivas Links and the day became quite windy for the afternoon round," head coach Colin Sheehan '97 said. "It was a very good start for the spring season with a very productive, fruitful trip to California."
Four of UC Santa Barbara's players achieved a 68 in one of the day's rounds en route to the team's third victory of the season.
The Bulldogs will be back in action from April 8-9 at the Princeton Invitational.
Report filed by Joey Kamm '20, Yale Sports Publicity