MEN’S GOLF: Bulldogs gear up for Georgia match
The Yale men’s golf team will begin its spring season this weekend in a match event against Georgia Southern.
Starting off its spring season in the South, the Yale men’s golf team will play at the Ohoopee Match Club this weekend.
Currently ranked at No. 116 in the nation according to a Feb. 22 Golfstat report, the Bulldogs will face off against No. 72 Georgia Southern University in a singles match event. The two teams will compete in Cobbtown, Georgia at the Ohoopee Match Club on Sunday, Feb. 27.
“I’m very excited to start the season off down South, first against Georgia Southern, and then at Wake Forest’s event,” Ben Carpenter ’25 said. “We’ve all been working hard on our games the past month, and I know we’re all readily awaiting our flight to Georgia.”
In Cobbtown, the Bulldogs will play two rounds of singles competition with the first team to 8.5 winning the match. According to a Yale Athletics press release, a win earns a full point while a draw earns both sides half a point. In each match of the 36-hole tournament, golfers will play 18 holes.
The Bulldogs will return to the South in two weeks as they compete in the Wake Forest Invitational from Monday, March 7 to Tuesday, March 8. There, they will play at Pinehurst No. 2, which hosted the 2014 U.S. Open and is one of nine golf courses at the Pinehurst Resort. Afterwards, the Bulldogs will travel to the West Coast where they will compete at the University of California, San Diego Invitational on Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22.
These two tournaments will be the last outside of the Northeast for the Bulldogs. The Elis will then compete at the Princeton Invitational and Yale Invitational in April.
“I wouldn’t say that there is a particular event that I’m looking forward to most, just really ready to get the spring season started,” captain Teddy Zinsner ’22 said. “Every [tournament is] important as we just try and build toward Ivies. I think we had a good team fall with a lot of positives and also a lot to build on. I think we’re all just really excited to head south and start off hopefully a really good spring.”
The Ivy League Championship will take place at the Century Country Club in Purchase, New York. During the weekend of April 22, the Bulldogs will meet the other Ancient Eight schools in the first Ivy League Championship since 2019.
In the fall, the Bulldogs took home two titles — at Colgate’s Alex Lagowitz Memorial Tournament and at Yale’s MacDonald Cup — in addition to earning the highest score at a commemorative match against Harvard and Princeton.
“I’m super excited for the start of the spring season,” Blake Brantley ’25 said. “We’ve been out of season for several months now and I know we’re all pumped to get going again. This weekend we’re especially excited as we’ll get to go head to head with a great team in Georgia Southern and hopefully get some momentum as we move closer to Ivies.”
The Ohoopee Match Club was designed by Gil Hanse, the same creative who will be leading the renovation of the Yale Golf Course.