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Bulldogs on Top After First Day

Sam Bernstein. (photo by
Sam Bernstein. (photo by

Look to Close the Deal on Sunday

PRINCETON, N.J. – An across-the-board effort by the Yale men's golf team has put it on top of the standings after the first day of play at the Princeton Invitational at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J..

The Bulldogs have a strong chance of defending their title at the tournament after Saturday, ending the day with an overall team score of -3 – a full 13 strokes ahead of Ivy League rival Penn, who finished the day in second place, and 22 strokes ahead of Ancient Eight rivals Dartmouth and Princeton.

"Today was without question the best golf the team has played all year," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "I'm really happy to see the players regain their form after last weekend."

Leading the charge for the Elis were senior captain Thomas McCarthy and freshman Sam Bernstein, who both played skillfully through the day's two rounds to finish at -2, earning them a tie for first-place individually with Dartmouth golfer Peter Williamson. McCarthy shot rounds of 69 (-2) and 71 (Even) while Bernstein shot rounds of 68 (-3) and 72 (+3).

This is not the first time McCarthy has figured on the Princeton Invitational's leaderboard. Last year, he was the tournament's standout performer, notching up rounds of 67 (-4), 70 (-1) and 73 (+2) to finish at -3 and claim first-place individually

Joining Bernstein and McCarthy up the top of the leaderboard after day one was sophomore Bradley Kushner, who shot rounds of 69 (-2) and 72 (+1) to finish the day in outright forth-place individually at -1. He will look to maintain momentum and build on his strong performance in last year's competition, where he helped the Bulldogs to victory by firing a +6 overall, including the tournament-wide low round of  68 (-3).

"Tom, Sam and Brad each shot in the 60s, which was a great tone-setter for the day," Sheehan said.

The Elis will look to maintain their lead in the final day's play when they take to the course Sunday morning.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.