STREAMSONG, Fla. – In a nod to one of college golf’s fading traditions, Bradley and Yale met Monday at Streamsong Resort in an event as unusual as their surroundings here on a reclaimed phosphate mine: a dual match.
With each school in search of a playing date and some warmer weather, the teams – Bradley from Peoria, Ill., and Yale from New Haven, Conn. – competed on the highly acclaimed Red Course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore and opened two months earlier. Yale won, 4 1/2 – 2 1/2.
After playing a week earlier at the Tiger Invitational in Opelika, Ala., Yale had an open date of competition available, so coach Colin Sheehan e-mailed the other Division I coaches. Bradley coach Jeff Roche also had an open date, so he took Sheehan up on the offer.
“This is an old‑fashioned dual match, match play,” said Sheehan, while watching his players on the fourth hole of the course that debuted at No. 31 in the Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses ranking earlier this month. (Streamsong’s neighboring Blue Course, designed by Tom Doak, rated 39th.) “We were down here, … hoping to sort of have a small tournament, and it just turned into a head‑to‑head, so this is fun,” Sheehan said. “This is a little like high school.”
Coincidentally, Minnesota also was at Streamsong but was unable to join the match because the Gophers lacked an available playing date, so UM’s golfers played a practice round behind the Bradley-Yale match.
“I proposed to the coaches that the boys just go out and play around together for fun, and that’s not permissible,” Sheehan said. “The (NCAA) compliance rules are based on football and basketball, and they have to apply them to 35 other sports.”
A day earlier, Yale had lost to Georgia in a dual match at Mountain Lake in nearby Lake Wales.
The Yale-Bradley match also will go down in Streamsong lore. It was the first time the resort has hosted a college event.
Yale 4 1/2, Bradley 2 1/2
- Cooper Stainbrook (Y) halves with Corey Verseman
- Andrew Weisenborn (B) def. Sean Gaudette, 3 and 2
- Thomas Greenhalgh (Y) def. Garrett Cox, 3 and 2
- Joe Willis (Y) def. Kyle Gunther, 6 and 5
- Will Davenport (Y) def. Daniel Young, 4 and 3
- Seth Trolia (B) def. Brad Kushner, 2 and 1
- Sam Bernstein (Y) def. Danny Masrin, 3 and 1