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Bulldogs Embark on Spring Season

(Photo by Steve Musco)
(Photo by Steve Musco)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Following a successful fall campaign which included two individual championships, one team championship and a pair of dual-match victories, the Yale men's golf team will resume the 2017–18 season following a five-month hiatus when it competes at the Furman Intercollegiate later this month. The Bulldogs, led by head coach Colin Sheehan '97, will look to capture an Ivy League title and a berth in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship as their championship hopes will be bolstered by the return of junior Jake Leffew and senior James Park in addition to a strong nucleus of individual performers from the fall and a promising crop of underclassmen.

The Bulldogs enter the spring season ranked first in the Ivy League ahead of second-place Princeton and third-place Cornell according to the Golfweek Team rankings. The Elis began the fall season with an individual title from junior Eoin Leonard who bested the 78-player field at the Doc Gimmler before Yale finished second behind the hosting Big Red at the Cornell Invitational which included a spectacular, 40-foot putt by junior James Nicholas on the final hole to capture the individual championship. 

The Elis continued their hot streak with a victory at the Macdonald Cup, played at The Course at Yale, which also featured a fourth-place finish from the Yale "B" Team consisting entirely of freshmen and sophomores. Additionally, the Bulldogs notched two dual-match wins against Brown and defending Atlantic–10 Champion Richmond but were disqualified from the Autotrader.com Classic in mid-October despite an 11th-place finish in the 16-team field in their final tournament of the fall season. 

For their autumn accomplishments, Leonard and Nicholas were both named to Golfweek's Midseason All-Conference team alongside Penn's Josh Goldenberg, Princeton's Evan Quinn and Cornell's Mike Graboyes, the 2017 Ivy League Championship Medalist. Now as the Bulldogs look to take home their first Ancient Eight crown since 2011, three spring tournaments await them before the conference championship in late April. 

Yale will tee off its spring season at the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, S.C. from Mar. 23–25 before competing in the Princeton Invitational two weeks later, an event the Bulldogs placed fifth at in 2017. The trip to New Jersey will be one of trio of tournaments for the Elis over a three-week stretch before they return home for the Yale Spring Invitational on Saturday, April 15th led by senior captain Will Bernstein who won the competition with a 1-under, 569 last season. Finally, the Bulldogs will compete at the 2018 Ivy League Championship hosted at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Penn. from Apr. 20–22 as Yale will look to improve on its fourth-place finish from a season ago. 

Yale's complete schedule can be found here

Report filed by Joey Kamm '20, Yale Sports Publicity – joseph.kamm@yale.edu