ITHACA, N.Y. – The Yale men's golf team held onto its 19-stroke opening day lead to win its first event of the season after carding a 13-under, 839 at the Cornell Invitational. Senior Eoin Leonard was the Bulldogs' highest finisher, earning medalist honors after defeating Siena's Jared Nelson in a playoff, while senior captain James Nicholas and sophomore Teddy Zinsner also placed in the top-10 among the 81 individuals competing at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.
"I was tremendously pleased with the team's performance this weekend," head coach Colin Sheehan '97 said. "After last year's one-stroke team loss at Cornell, we were looking forward to returning and a chance to improve upon that result. The players' execution throughout the weekend was a joy to witness."
The Elis bested second-place Dartmouth by 24 strokes for the win at the 54-hole event and posted the lowest final-round score, a one-over, 839, to widen their margin of victory on Sunday. Leonard's individual championship is the second straight for Yale at the Cornell Invitational after Nicholas placed first in Ithaca a season ago.
"I want to congratulate Eoin on his fourth college win—he was very tough down the stretch," Sheehan said. "And I must include a mention of Sean Yi's opening round six-under-par 65. It was his tournament low as a Yale golfer and it helped inspire his teammates to a fabulous opening round. We are excited to ride this momentum into Wake Forest's event this coming weekend."
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational from Sept. 24–25.