NCAA rules limit men’s golf fall tourney schedule

The men’s golf team is taking an extra two weeks off.

Due to NCAA limitations on the number of days a team is allowed to compete, Yale will not compete in the Tillinghast, a tournament hosted by St. John’s University from Oct. 21 to 22.

Steve Gray ’05 said the team dropped the Tillinghast from its fall lineup because players would miss too many school days.

According to Article 17 of the NCAA Division I bylaws, “a member institution shall limit its total playing schedule with outside competition in the sport of golf during the permissible golf playing season to 24 dates of competition.”

Gabe Borrud ’06 was disappointed with the cancellation.

“It’d be nice to get as much competition as possible,” Borrud said. “But there’s not much we can do about it.”

Coming off a disappointing 13th place finish at the Adams Cup in R.I. a week ago, the Bulldogs were scheduled to have two weeks to straighten out their games in time for the Tillinghast, which takes place at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. Now, they will have an additional two weeks until their next tournament, the Prestige in La Quinta, Calif.

Playing in one fewer tournament would not affect Yale’s NCAA qualification hopes, Borrud said.

In the meantime, team members will compete for spots on the five-man team that will head to California Nov. 4.

Captain Neel Williams ’03 and Gray already have secured two of the spots, leaving five other players to fill the final three spaces on the roster through a playoff on Yale’s golf course.

The Prestige will be Yale’s last fall tournament. In March, the Bulldogs will return west to begin their spring season at the Del Mar Country Club in San Diego for the University of San Diego Invitational.

The team has been enjoying a successful a fall, winning the Dartmouth Invitational and finishing second at the Macdonald Cup at the Course at Yale, both in the middle of September.

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