Yale Selects Final Five for NCAA East Regional

May 15, 2004

New Haven, CT - Head coach Dave Paterson has finalized the five golfers who will represent Yale at the NCAA East Regional. Junior Steve Gray (Lee's Summit, MO), freshman Mark Matza (Southbury, CT), sophomore Rick Reissman (Suffern, NY), junior Jason Shin (Bethesda, MD) and junior Andrew Vitt (Winnetka, IL) will be the Bulldogs' five golfers in the event, which starts Thursday at The Course at Yale.

Gray's 77.1 cumulative average is second only to Reissman (76.9) among Bulldogs competing in the NCAAs. He had Yale's best finish at the Ivy League Championships, sixth overall with a 232. That was his second straight sixth-place finish at the event, earning him All-Ivy recognition again. At last year's NCAA Regional, he shot a 246 to place 134th. He shot a 242 to tie for 120th at the previous year's Regional. A graduate of Lee's Summit North High, he is in Berkeley College at Yale and majors in Psychology. Gray is the 2004-2005 captain-elect.

Matza, a local product, has competed in two tournaments this year. In the fall, he shot a 160 at the MacDonald Cup. In the spring, he shot a 154 at the Yale Spring Opener. A graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, he is in Jonathan Edwards College at Yale.

Reissman's 76.9 average is tops among Bulldogs competing in the NCAA Tournament. He started this season off by tying for tenth at the Dartmouth Invitational with a 148 last fall. His last tournament was the URI Invitational, where he shot a 156 to tie for 27th. A graduate of Suffern High, he is in Silliman Colege at Yale and is majoring in Economics.

Shin has appeared in three tournaments this year, including a 151 at the Yale Spring Opener that tied him for 20th overall. He also shot a 156 at the MacDonald Cup and a 158 at the Dartmouth Invitational last fall. A graduate of Sidwell Friends, he is in Branford College at Yale and is majoring in Economics.

Vitt brings a 77.2 cumulative average into the NCAA tournament. He shot a 243 at the Ivy League Championship to finish tied for 23rd. At last year's NCAA Regional, he shot a 248 to finish tied for 135th. He is a graduate of New Trier Township High, and resides in Pierson College at Yale. He is an Economics major.

Yale is one of 27 teams competing in the East Regional May 20-22, with the top 10 teams advancing to the NCAA Division I Men's Championship June 1-4 at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. The East Regional also features No. 1 Florida, defending champion No. 2 Clemson, and No. 3 Georgia among others.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity Department