The Yale men’s golf team will kick off its spring season this weekend with a game against Georgia Southern.

Staff reporter

Beginning its spring season in the South, the Yale men’s golf team will play at the Ohoopee Match Club this weekend.

Currently ranked 116th nationally according to a Feb. 22 Golfstat report, the Bulldogs will face No. 72 Georgia Southern University in a singles match. The two teams will face off in Cobbtown, Georgia at the Ohoopee Match Club on Sunday, February 27.

“I’m very excited to start the season in the South, first against Georgia Southern and then at the Wake Forest event,” said Ben Carpenter ’25. “We’ve all worked hard on our games over the past month, and I know we’re all looking forward to our flight to Georgia.”

In Cobbtown, the Bulldogs will play two rounds of singles competition with the first team at 8.5 winning the game. According to a press release from Yale Athletics, a win earns a full point while a draw earns both teams a half 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 take part in the Wake Forest Invitational from Monday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 8. There they will play at Pinehurst No. 2, which hosted the 2014 US Open and is one of nine golf courses at Pinehurst Resort. Next, the Bulldogs travel to the West Coast where they will participate in 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 in the Princeton Invitational and the Yale Invitational in April.

“I wouldn’t say there’s one event in particular that I’m most looking forward to, just really ready to kick off the spring season,” said ’22 captain Teddy Zinsner. “All [tournament is] important as we just try to build towards Ivies. I think we had a good team crash with a lot of positives and also a lot to build on. I think we are all very excited to head south and hopefully start a really good spring.

The Ivy League Championship will be held at the Century Country Club in Purchase, New York. Over 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 won two titles—Colgate’s Alex Lagowitz Memorial Tournament and Yale’s MacDonald Cup—in addition to scoring the highest in a memorial game against Harvard and Princeton.

“I’m super excited for the start of the spring season,” said ’25 Blake Brantley. “We’ve been out of season for several months now and I know we’re all fired up to get going again. This weekend we’re especially excited because we’ll be up against a great team at Georgia Southern and hopefully picking up some momentum as we get closer to Ivies.

The Ohoopee Match Club was designed by Gil Hanse, the same creative who will spearhead the renovation of Yale’s golf course.


Hamera Shabbir covers golf and fencing for the sports office and the School of Environment for the science and technology office. Originally from Central Valley, California, she is a sophomore at Branford College majoring in political science with an interdisciplinary concentration in environmental studies.