Both Yale golf teams will travel this weekend as the women play their last tournament outside of the Northeast and the men travel to New Jersey.
As the spring season draws to a close, Yale’s men’s and women’s golf teams are beginning to play closer to home.
This weekend, both teams will travel to play against strong competitors. The women’s golf team will play its penultimate tournament at the Hoya Invitational at the Woodmont North Golf Course from Saturday through Sunday. The men’s team will play the Princeton Invitational at Springdale Golf Club on the same dates.
“We are excited to play the Hoya Invitational as it is the first tournament of the year with the most Ivy League schools,” said Coco Chai ’23. “This is the last tournament before [the] Ivy League Championship, so we’ll have a good idea of where we are in the league after this tournament.
Competitors in the Hoya Invitational will include No. 85 Princeton, No. 127 Columbia, No. 157 Harvard and No. 167 University of Pennsylvania. These rankings come from an April 5 Golfstat report, in which the Bulldogs were ranked 75th nationally among NCAA Division I golf teams, making them the highest-ranked Ancient Eight team.
Over the past few weeks, the Bulldogs have posted competitive results. After winning the Ford Invitational in Georgia by placing first with a score of 585, the Bulldogs earned two top-five placings. The two fourth-place finishes came at the Low Country Intercollegiate in South Carolina on the March 14 weekend and the Chattanooga Classic in Tennessee over the March 21 spring break weekend.
“Woodmont, the course we are playing at the Hoya Invitational will be a very good course for our team as we have a good game off the tee as well as around the greens,” captain Ami Gianchandani ’23 wrote to The News. “It will certainly be one of the toughest courses we play this year, but we are ready for the test and excited to finish our regular season this weekend and start preparing for the Ivy League Championship.”
The Ivy League Championship, the final event of the Bulldog season, will take place in Ringoes, New Jersey, April 22-24.
The men’s team has three competitions left in its season, including the Princeton Invitational, hosted by the eponymous Ivy, where they will face No. 152 Harvard, No. 193 Princeton, No. 201 Columbia, No. 239 Dartmouth and No. 263 University of Pennsylvania. According to an April 6 Golfstat report, the Bulldogs are currently ranked 166th nationally.
Gabriel Ruiz ’24 noted that he was “excited for Princeton” and that with good weather expected, it “should be a great weekend.”
During spring break, the Bulldogs tied with UC Irvine for sixth place at the UC San Diego Invitational on Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22. The Bulldogs were one of two East Coast schools in the competition and played this event two weeks after placing 12th at the Wake Forest Invitational in North Carolina.
The next men’s competition will be the Yale Invitational at home on Saturday, April 16.