April 11, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs are going to get a second shot at Harvard this weekend at the Princeton Invitational. The Bulldogs, who lost on their home course to Harvard last weekend, will be paired with players from Harvard and Princeton on April 11. The two-day tournament will feature a strong field of 14 teams, and will be played at the Springdale Golf Club.
The Springdale Golf Club is one of the oldest in the state of New Jersey. It was designed by Gerard Barnes Lambert in 1915 to be nestled among the trees and buildings of Princeton University. The course plays 6,390 yards from the blue tees and will be set at a par-71 for the tournament. It was later revised in 1926 by William S. Flynn. Flynn is best known for his work on the Merion Golf Club in Merion, Pennsylvania.
The field for this weekend will feature six of the eight Ivy League schools and an additional eight schools. This will be the Bulldogs' first time playing against Columbia, Cornell, Penn and Princeton this spring. In addition to the six Ivies the field also includes Connecticut, George Mason, Rider, Rutgers, St. Bonaventure, St. John's, St. Joseph's and Towson.
The Bulldogs are coming off a tough tournament loss to the Crimson. The two battled at the Yale Spring Opener for 36 holes, but the Bulldogs' strong first-round performance did not carry over into the second round. After being only five shots down to Harvard in the morning, the course conditions began to take their toll and the Bulldogs (610) finished 15 shots back of Harvard (595). Freshman Jeffrey Hatten led Yale's first team with a seventh-place finish. Sophomore Michael Fader shot the lowest Yale score of the day, finishing in third with a 149 (+9). The bright spot of the day though was senior Thomas Ginakakis, who shot the lowest round of his career in a tournament with a 74 (+4).
This weekend's tournament will feature a much more traditional format than the Bulldogs' one-day affair. Yale will play two rounds on Saturday and finish the tournament off on Sunday with one round. The Bulldogs will tee-off with Harvard and Princeton beginning at 8:27 a.m.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity