Paul Haviland
1927 team captain

Paul Haviland (Class of 1927) began and ended his golfing career at Brooklawn Country Club in Bridgeport. At Yale he was a member of the intercollegiate champion teams of 1925 and 1926 and he captained the 1927 team.

After graduation Haviland continued winning. In 1927 he broke the thirty-six-hole qualifying record, set by Jerry Travers in 1906, when he shot 143 in the 27th Metropolitan Amateur Championship. Later that summer he won the Con­necticut Amateur Championship played at the Greenwich Country Club. Haviland’s success continued the next year when he defeated Max Marston, a former national amateur champion, in the finals of the Shenecossett Golf Club Invitational. He won the New England Amateur Championship in 1929, but a year later he was dead at the age of twenty-five.

The 1926 golf team that won the national championship. From left: William K. Lanman

Paul Haviland’s friends organized a memorial tournament, open to all players from the Eastern Intercollegiate Golf Association, and played at Yale for the first time in June 1931. The tournament attracted a large and competitive field for several years, but it did not continue after World War II.

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