April 8, 2007

Bears Battle For 4th Place Finish at 20-Team Yale Invitational

April 8, 2007

New Haven, Conn. - Battling extremely cold and windy conditions, the Brown men's golf team earned their best finish ever at the Yale Invitational, playing fourth overall, just five shots out of first place. The Bears posted a two day-team score of 602 (301, 301), finishing behind both Hartford and Johnson & Wales-Florida at 597, and host Yale at 598. Brown tied with UConn at 602 and finished ahead of Harvard (606), UMass-Dartmouth (621), Central Connecticut (628), Cornell 9630), Quinnipiac (631), Salem State (633), Bryant (635), Dartmouth (636), Canisius (641), Forham (650), Yale II (661), Boston U. (664), Holy Cross (669), UMass-Lowell (689) and MIT (798).

Playing in sub-freezing wind chill conditions that were deemed unplayable for baseball on the Yale campus, Brown's Larry Haertel (Greenwich, CT) was tied as the top Ivy League individual finisher, placing third overall with a tw- day 146 on rounds of 74, 72 on the par -70 Yale Golf Club. Haertel will look to defend his Ivy League individual title in two weeks.

Sophomore Conor Malloy (Rye, NY), who has been impressive in every tournament this season, carded a two-day 149 (75, 74) to earn a 10th place finish for the Bears. Sophomore Chris Hoffman (Solon, OH) also emerged as a solid number-three player for the Bears, finishing 16th overall with a two-round 151 on scores of 75 and 75.

Senior Aaron Telch (Palo Alto, CA) shots rounds of 76-80--156 to place 33rd individually, while freshman John Giannuzzi (Wellesley, MA) came in at 157 (77, 80) to place 37th in the 119-man field.

The Bears will return to Providence next Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, for the New England Championship, held at the Donald Ross designed Triggs Golf Club.