Setting The Scene
What: 2017 Yale Spring Invitational
When: Saturday, April 15 (36 holes), 7:20 a.m.
Where: The Course at Yale, New Haven, Conn. - Par 70 - 6,749 Yards
The Field: (12 teams) Bucknell, Colgate, Cornell, Drexel, Fairfield, Fordham, George Washington, Penn, Siena, St. Francis, St. John's, Yale

About the Bison
>> Bucknell tees it up on Saturday looking to defend its title at the Yale Spring Invitational. The event is a one-day, 36-hole tournament at The Course at Yale.

>> Most recently, the Bison competed at another one-day, 36-hole event, as they finished in ninth place at the Finegan Invitational, hosted by La Salle. The Bison opened with a 302, but shot 317 in the final 18 holes to finish ninth.

>> J.P. Raftery made his spring debut at the Finegan Invitational, opening with a 3-over-par 75 and concluding the event with a 78 in the final 18 holes. In the fall season, Raftery set a Bucknell record with a 72.3 scoring average. 

>> Jubal Early tied Raftery’s score of 153 as the duo led the Bison on the day. Connor O'Brien had the low round amongst all Bison, posting a 74 through the first 18 holes.

>> Peter Bradbeer has been the low Bison in two of the past three tournaments. He finished T-21st at the Wildcat Invitational and T-16th at the Longwood/Manor Intercollegiate before posting a score of 163 at the Finegan Invitational. His 76.6 spring average is second on the team to O'Brien's 75.9.

>> D.J. Magee and John Edler have also been consistent in the spring season. Magee has averaged 76.7 while Edler has averaged 76.8.

Bucknell at Yale Spring Invitational
>> This will be Bucknell's second appearance in the event. Last season, the Bison picked up their second team title of the season by coming in first out of 12 teams. Bucknell posted a 36-hole score of 595, led by a runner-up finish from Edler.

>> Edler shot a 71 and a 75, and his total of 146 was three shots back of the tournament’s leader. All five Bison golfers shot 76 or better in round one. O’Brien finished T-9th with a score of 149, and he was followed by Early (150), Daniel Levin (150), and Raftery (153).

Up Next

>> Bucknell will compete at the Navy Invitational next weekend before hosting the Patriot League Championship on April 29-30.