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Bulldogs Win Yale Spring Invitational

Captain James Nicholas '19 finished second overall at the event. (Nina Lindberg photo)
Captain James Nicholas '19 finished second overall at the event. (Nina Lindberg photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's golf team erased an 11-shot first round deficit to come back and win the Yale Spring Invitational with an 11-over, 711 on Saturday. The Bulldogs finished five shots ahead of second-place Bucknell and six shots ahead of third-place Penn. Siena's Jack Brown earned medalist honors with a score of 134. 

"I want to begin by thanking the entire staff at the golf course, along with the volunteer rules officials, who helped make it possible for it to remain a 36 hole event," head coach Colin Sheehan '97 said. "After a substantial overnight rainfall, it took serious effort to have the course prepared for play and a quick organizational response to revising the tee times and getting 72 players on the course by 9:30am."

Three Yale golfers placed among the top 10 on the individual leaderboard including senior and captain James Nicholas who tied for second with a four-under, 136. First-year Darren Lin also tied for sixth overall after carding a 140 while sophomore Paul Stankey tied for eighth with a 141. The Elis' victory was buoyed by a tournament-leading 30 birdies and 4.08 stroke average on par 4 holes. 

"Once we started play, the team had a slow start to the morning round," Sheehan said. "So I was very pleased with how the boys responded in the afternoon to jump four places and overcome an 11 stroke deficit. That includes three under par scores from James's 66, followed by the one-under par 69s from Paul and Darren, along with Teddy [Zinsner's] even par 70.

Yale's B team finished ninth at 37-over. An updated list of previous winners of the Yale Spring Invitational can be found here

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