October 8, 2009

Bulldogs Look to Bring Momentum to Philadelphia

Four other Ivies in Attendance

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale Men's golf team is coming off its biggest win since the 2004 Ivy League Championship.  The Bulldogs are hoping to keep that momentum rolling right into Philadelphia where they will tee it up at the Big Five tournament.   Yale will be searching for its second win of the season.

Last week, the Bulldogs won the Macdonald Cup for the first time in the tournament's history.  Yale shot a record round of 274 (-6) on Sunday to make up a seven-shot deficit over Iowa State.  The Bulldogs were led by junior Tom McCarthy, who won his first ever collegiate golf tournament.  He fired rounds of 69 (-1), 66 (-4) and 69 (-1), winning the tournament by one stroke and narrowly beating out senior captain Ben Wescoe.  Wescoe fired rounds of 71(+1), 68 (-2) and 66 (-4).  McCarthy and Wescoe got strong help from junior Brandon Marick and freshmen Brad Kushner and Carson Weinand.  The Bulldogs also have a second-place finish from two weeks at the Dartmouth Invitational. 

The Bulldogs will have an opportunity to play against four Ivy League teams, as well as schools from around the country.  Cornell, Harvard, Penn and Princeton will be the other Ancient Eight schools in attendance.  Yale already had a chance to take on Harvard last week and the Bulldogs emerged victorious by 22 strokes. 

"There are four other Ivy League schools, so this will serve as good chance to compare ourselves with conference peers, especially as we follow this event with the Ivy League Match Play tournament," said head Coach Colin Sheehan '97.

Other schools in attendance will be Binghmaton, Boston College, Campbell, Drexel, Navy, Richmond, St. John's and Temple.

The tournament will be played at the historic Philadelphia Cricket Club, which is considered the oldest country club in the United States, though not the oldest golf course.  The club was founded in 1854 by a group of English expatriates while studying at Penn.  The original golf course hosted two U.S. Open golf championships.

"We are very excited to carry our momentum from the Macdonald Cup onward to Philadelphia," said Sheehan.  "We look forward to making our way into contention."

The Bulldogs will tee-off early Saturday morning.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity