PRINCETON, N.J. -- Two weeks before the Ivy League Men's Golf Championship descends on the Baltimore beltway, teams are tuning up for their run at the Ancient Eight crown.
Seven of the eight played last weekend at The Yale Spring Opener in New Haven, Conn. Yale was the top Ivy finisher and second overall, carding a 36-hole score of 592, nine shots behind Villanova. Princeton was fourth with a score of 598, led by medalist Bernie D'Amato. D'Amato opened with a 68 and followed with a 73 to record a one-over-par 141 and a one-shot win.
Penn was sixth in the team standings, followed by Columbia in seventh, Brown in eighth, Dartmouth in nine and Cornell in 12th. Columbia's Brandon Jowers and Yale's Sam Bernstein tied for fourth in the individual standings at 144. Yale's Brad Kushner (tied for seventh), Columbia's Harrison Shih (tied for seventh) and Penn's Max Marsico and P.J. Fielding (both tied for 10th) also recorded Top 10 finishes.
Meanwhile, Harvard was in Tempe, Ariz. for the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. The Crimson finished the three-day event with a 54-hole score of 898, good for 15th place.
Yale is the top-rated Ivy team according to GolfStat. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 128 in Division I, just ahead of Princeton at No. 131. Penn is next at No. 181.
Yale's Bernstein is the top-rated individual in the league. Marsico is second, D'Amato third and Dartmouth's James Pleat ranks fourth. Princeton's Greg Jarmas is fifth and Quinn Prchal is sixth, giving the Tigers three of the top six in the League.
Statistically, Bernstein has the lowest average score in the league at 72.64, followed by Marsico at 73.23 and Harvard's Theodore Lederhausen at 73.64. D'Amato (73.70) and Jarmas (73.90) round out the top five. Columbia's Shih has the low individual round this year, carding a 65 back on September 16 in the final round of The McLaughlin on Bethpage's Red Course.
In the team statistics, it is Princeton with the lowest average team score at 296.60. Harvard is next in team scoring at 297.82, holding a slight edge over Yale (297.92). However, the Bulldogs have a slightly better average versus par at 15.58 to Harvard's 15.64. Princeton averages 14.2 over par as a squad. Yale and Penn are tied for the low team round thus far this season at 282.
This weekend will be a bit of a sneak preview of the Ivy League Men's Golf Championship as all eight teams will play together. The group will be in Princeton for the Princeton Invitational, playing just across the street from the Ivy League offices at Springdale Golf Club. Yale has won the event each of the last three years.
The Ivy League Men's Golf Championship will be played April 26-28 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.