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Yale Finishes Second at Home

Joe Willis
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Willis Ties for Third

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A strong final round at the Apr. 19 Yale Spring Invitational lifted the Yale men's golf team into second place. The result marks the Bulldogs' third second-place finish in a row and their second straight finish behind Harvard.

After the first round of play on the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn., the Bulldogs sat in a tie for third place with Hartford at 300; they trailed Harvard and Dartmouth, who occupied first and second place, respectively. 

But the Elis shot the low final round of the day—286—to pull back into second place, with 586 overall. The Crimson claimed the title with 573 over 36 holes.

Yale finished nine strokes clear of the rest of the 10-team field, which also included Brown, Central Connecticut, Fordham, Holy Cross, UMass-Lowell and Wagner.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was sophomore Joe Willis, who shot a final round 69 to finish the tournament in a tie for third place at 143. He was four strokes behind tournament medalist Rohan Ramnath, from Harvard, who finished with 139. 

Freshman Jonathan Lai and junior William Davenport carded 147 and 148 to finish in a tie for ninth and 11th, respectively. 

Meanwhile, senior captain Sam Bernstein and fellow senior Sean Gaudette, playing in their final home tournament, tied for 17th place after closing the day at 150.

This year's result matches the Bulldogs' performance at last year's iteration of the tournament. Then, Yale finished in second place, nine strokes behind tournament champion Villanova.

The second-place finish adds to a strong string of recent performances: it has finished in no lower than third place in a northeast tournament in 2013-14. But it also marks the second week in a row in which the Elis have finished runner up behind the Crimson: Harvard claimed last weekend's Princeton Invitational by three strokes.

Yale will be back in action next weekend at the Apr. 25-27 Ivy League Championship, held this year at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. 

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