ATHENS, GEORGIA | The connection between the University of Georgia and Yale University goes back more than a century. Abraham Baldwin – who wrote UGA’s charter in 1785 and served as its first president – was a 1772 Yale graduate and he imported building-design features on the school’s original North Campus as well as Georgia’s bulldog mascot from his alma mater.
Those foundational ties prompted Georgia to invite Yale to be the first football opponent to visit Sanford Stadium on Oct. 12, 1929 – two weeks before the stock market crash that sparked the Great Depression – with the southern Bulldogs prevailing, 14-0.
Ninety-one years later amidst another national crisis, the schools share another athletic feature – they apparently have the only two college-operated golf courses in the nation still closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While most non-seasonal golf courses in the world have adapted with various restrictions and reopened to patrons, UGA Golf Course in Athens, and Yale Golf Club in New Haven, Connecticut, remain sh...
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