The long-ago Bulldogs of Yale.
On Nov. 6, 1896, the Bulldogs of Yale University defeated the Lions of Columbia University, 35 holes won to zero, at what is now known as Ardsley Country Club in Irvington, New York.
It’s the origin point of college golf, the first event in what would become thousands.
To the modern-day Yale and Columbia programs, being a part of history is such a big deal that they are going to recreate it. On Friday, Oct. 22, the two schools will travel to the oldest private golf club in the country, Columbia’s home course Saint Andrews Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., for a seven-on-seven match using the same “holes-won” format that has become nearly extinct in the college game.
This event is largely thanks to Yale coach Colin Sheehan, who was a player on the Bulldog team when the 100th anniversary came and went without fanfare in 1996. Sheehan was a history major at Yale and spends ample time each winter digging through the archives of Yale golf lore, which includes 21 national championships from th...
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