Freshmen Finish Tied for Sixth
HANOVER, N.H. - The Bulldogs were unable to hold off a charging Dartmouth in the final round of the Dartmouth Invitational. Dartmouth started the second round four shots behind the Bulldogs, but scores of 67 and 68 by two of their players shot them into first place. Yale (583) finished four shots behind Dartmouth (579) and 10 shots ahead of Fordham (593) who finished in third.
"We were tied for the lead after the first round and felt good because we knew we could improve," said senior captain Ben Wescoe. "Unfortunately, we didn't get the putts to drop today and things didn't go our way. But you have to give credit to Dartmouth. They shot four-under today with stellar rounds from freshman James Pleat and defending Ivy League champion, Peter Williamson."
The Bulldogs were led again on Sunday by freshmen Brad Kushner and Carson Weinand. Both freshmen shared scores of 73 (+2) on Saturday and followed those up with scores of 71 (E) on Sunday. Both players finished in a tie for sixth, with total scores of 144 (+2).
"The freshmen were all studs this weekend," said Wescoe. "It was their first college tournament and they led the team, very impressive. They have been playing well and working hard so far, so I'm very proud of them all."
Kushner and Weinand weren't the only ones going shot-for-shot, Wescoe and junior Thomas McCarthy also shared scores. Yale's All-Ivy players from a year ago shot rounds of 75 (+4) on Saturday and came back Sunday to go two lower with 73 (+2). The two finished in a tie for 12th with total scores of 148 (+6). Junior Brandon Marick dropped a few shots from his Saturday score of 74 (+2). He fired a round of 77 (+6) on Sunday to finish tied for 27th with a total of 151 (+8).
Yale's second team finished as strong as they started with all five players firing under 80 on Sunday. Freshmen Russell Holmes led the second team with an even-par round of 71 (E). He finished in a tie for 12th with McCarthy and Wescoe, after shooting a total of 148 (+6). Following closely behind Holmes was junior Michael Fader who finished in a tie for 19th. His second round score of 74 (+3) was a two shot improvement over Saturday. He finished with a total of 150 (+8). Just a shot behind Fader was senior Seven Gonzales, who shot a round of 76 (+5), placing him in a tie for 27th with Marick. Sophomores Jeff Hatten and Zach Plutzik finished in ties for 41st and 66th, respecvitely. Hatten fired a 77 (+6) on Sunday to finish with 156 (+13). Plutzik improved substantially on his Saturday round of 89 (+18). He shot 79 (+8) on Sunday to finish with a total of 168 (+25).
The Bulldogs will have a chance at redemption Oct. 3-4, when they host the Macdonald Cup at the Course at Yale.
"We will regroup this week, work on our putting, and get geared up for our home tournament," said Wescoe. "We have a strong field coming and some good Ivy League competition. We look forward to getting back on the Yale golf course, where we will have an advantage and enjoy support from our family and friends who will be in attendance. It hurts to lose; we will be hungry this weekend and eager to defend our home turf."
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity