May 22, 2004
New Haven, CT - A 74 by sophomore Rick Reissman (Suffern, NY) provided the highlight of the final day of competition at the NCAA East Regional for Yale at The Course at Yale on Saturday. The Bulldogs finished in 26th place with a 928 after shooting a 315 on the final day. Clemson won with an 856, and North Carolina won a playoff with North Carolina State for the tenth and final spot to advance to the NCAA Championship at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. June 1-4. Wake Forest's Bill Haas was the individual medalist (207).
Reissman's round began with a double-bogey on 10, but he quickly settled down and made par on the next seven holes. Two other Elis -- junior Steve Gray (Lee's Summit, MO) and junior Jason Shin (Bethesda, MD) -- were hurt by a pair of double-bogeys on the back nine, and Gray then had double-bogeys on one and two to fall off the pace. Junior Andrew Vitt (Winnetka, IL), who had Yale's top score in round two, posted an 11 on the second hole to go from five-over to 12-over and would finish at 85. Reissman birdied one and kept his momentum going with four straight pars. Shin finished strong, making par or better on eight of the final nine holes and winding up at 78. Freshman Mark Matza (Southbury, CT) also finished solidly, capping the day with a birdie on the ninth hole to finish at 78. Matza's three-round total of 231 (76-77-78=231) was the best by a Bulldog, followed by Reissman (78-81-74=233), Shin (78-77-78=233), Vitt (79-73-85=237) and Gray (79-75-85=239).
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity Department