April 7, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Villanova got off to a dominate start and never looked back as they took the overall team title at the Yale Spring Opener on Saturday, April 6th in New Haven, Conn. The Yale Golf Course, designed by champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA Charles Blair Macdonald, is ranked 71st on Golf Magazine's list of the 100 most difficult courses in the world and the Wildcats took home the championship in the 36-hole competition.
The win marks the second overall team title for Villanova this season. The Wildcats also claimed the top spot at the Lehigh Invitational on Oct. 20th and 21st in Saucon, Pa.
Senior co-captains Michael Kania (Haverford, Pa.) and Steve Skurla (Wheaton, Ill.) both led the squad and finished tied for second place overall after carding a combined 142 (+2) with identical rounds of 73 and 69 each.
Senior Derek Jones (Lower Burrell, Pa.) placed tied for 12th place overall with rounds of 71 and 77 (148; +8). Sophomore Ted Brennan concluded play in fourth place on the team and 22nd overall posting a 76 and 75 (151; +11) while junior Robby Meador (Miami Lakes, Fla.) rounded out the Wildcat finishers in 63rd place with rounds of 84 and 82 (166; +22).
Princeton's Bernie D'Amato claimed the overall individual title finishing with a combined 141 (68-73, +1) and was followed closely behind by Kania and Skurla. Yale took home second place laurels in the team competition followed by Hartford, Temple, Princeton, Penn, Columbia, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Franklin & Marshall, Colgate and Cornell rounding out the top 13 squads.
Villanova will be back on the links on April 20th and 21st when they participate in the Rutherford Intercollegiate in State College, Pa.