Bulldogs in Second at Big Five Invitational

Wescoe Shoots Even Round of 71

First Round Results

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Despite tough conditions and a difficult course, the Yale men's golf team is only four shots back at the Big Five Invitational.  Richmond (293) leads the tournament with Yale (297) right behind them in a tie with Campbell (297). 

Senior Ben Wescoe led the way with an even-par round of 71 (E).  He shot two bogeys on the front nine, but finished strongly with three birdies and a bogey on the back nine.  Wescoe is in solo fourth place, three shots behind the leader Zak Drescher of Campbell. 

"I was pretty pleased with my round," said Wescoe.  "I made a couple birdies coming in to finish with a round of even par.  It feels good being in contention and having a decent team score."

Behind Wescoe was junior Thomas McCarthy and freshman Brad Kushner, who both shot rounds of 75 (+4) to put them in a tie for 21st.  Both players were plagued by a double bogey and a number of other bogeys, despite each shooting three birdies.  Rounding out Yale's team was junior Brandon Marick and freshman Carson Weinand, who shot rounds of 77 (+6) and 76 (+5), respectively.  Like McCarthy and Kushner, Marick and Weinand each fired at least one double bogey and a slew of bogeys.

"These were really tough scoring conditions," said Wescoe.  "It was windy and rainy and it is a very tough course.  If you get on the wrong side of the pin, it can be a very difficult chip and putt.  It really puts a premium on ball striking and your short game."

The Bulldogs will have only one round to make up the deficit, as the Big Five Invitational is only a two-round tournament.

"We are only four shots back," said Wescoe.  "Last week we came back from seven strokes.  We are very confident after last week.  A few of our guys just didn't have their best games today."

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity