October 2, 2009

Bulldogs Host Macdonald Cup

Take on Ivy Leaguers Dartmouth and Harvard

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After a near win up at Dartmouth, last weekend, the Bulldogs look to claim their first tournament of the season at home this weekend at the Macdonald Cup.  The event will be played on The Course at Yale on Oct. 3-4.  Teams will play 36 holes on Saturday followed by 18 on Sunday.

The tournament will be played on the world famous Yale golf course. The course was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald, the renowned golf course architect, champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA. He collaborated with Seth Raynor and Charles Banks to design the course, which was opened in 1926. The course is recognized as one of the finest examples of early American golf course design with large deeply bunkered greens and narrow rolling fairways. The course has been the site of every significant state championship, two USGA Junior National events, the 1991, 2004, and 2010 NCAA Eastern Regional championships and both the men's and women's ECAC Championships.  It has been voted the No.1 College Golf Course in America and No.45 of the Top 100 Classical Golf Courses in America. In 1988, it was ranked by Golf Magazine as 71st among the 100 most difficult courses in the world. 

Yale will be fielding two teams for the tournament, and they will be joined by 13 other visiting schools.  Dartmouth and Harvard will be the lone Ivy League competition.  Dartmouth bested the Bulldogs up in Hanover last weekend, but this weekend the Big Green will have to deal with the tough Yale course.  Last year, Dartmouth edged out Yale at the Ivy League Championship by two strokes.  Harvard finished 10 strokes behind the Bulldogs.  Joining the Ivy Leaguers will be Binghamton, Bryant, Central Connecticut, Connecticut, Fordham, Holy Cross, Iowa State, Rhode Island, Sacred Heart, St. Edwards and Temple

At least year's Macdonald cup, the Bulldogs took second behind nationally ranked Oklahoma.  Yale finished just eight shots behind the winners.  Junior Thomas McCarthy finished in fifth at the event with junior Michael Fader behind him in 11th and senior captain Ben Wescoe in 22nd.

The Bulldogs had a near win last week at the Dartmouth Invitational.  Yale was leading through 27 holes, but the Big Green came storming back to claim its own tournament.  The Bulldogs were led by two of their freshmen, Brad Kushner and Carson Weinard.  The pair finished in a tie for sixth place.  Wescoe and McCarthy finished in a tie for 12th with junior Brandon Marick rounding out the team in 27th.

The Bulldogs will tee-off Saturday morning.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity