April 11, 2010

McCarthy Leads Bulldogs to Win at Princeton Invitational

Yale Defeats Harvard With Tiebreak

PRINCETON, N.J. – Junior Tom McCarthy led the Bulldogs to their second tournament victory in as many weeks.  Yale (874) defeated Harvard (874) by virtue of a tie-break on Sunday at the Princeton Invitational.  The Bulldogs and Crimson defeated third-place finishers, Towson and Penn, by just four strokes, but the rest of the field was 15 or more strokes behind them.

“We had a good weekend,” said McCarthy.  “We kind of hung in there through some tough questions on Saturday, and were able to follow up our Spring Opener with another win.  It feels good.”

McCarthy did more than hang in there, winning the invitational and shooting the lowest score of the tournament during the toughest conditions.  He fired a 67 (-4) to open the tournament and give Yale a little momentum heading into Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

“I just got in a zone with my short irons,” said McCarthy.  “I pretty much had a 10 foot putt for birdie on every hole.  I didn’t putt particularly well, but just knowing that I was going to hit it close every time really helped my confidence.”

While McCarthy was sticking every green he saw, the rest of the field was struggling with the tougher conditions.  Yale’s other scores for the first round were 72, 76, 79 and 79.  Not exactly lights out play.

“There were some pretty brutal conditions on Saturday,” said McCarthy.  “It was cold and windy in the morning.  It started to heat up a bit in the afternoon, but the wind stuck around.  Sunday was definitely a lot easier in terms of weather, but the pin placements were much more difficult.  The Princeton course is not particularly difficult, but if you get some bad weather conditions it gets a lot tougher.”

McCarthy’s final score was 210 (-3) with rounds of 67 (-4), 70 (-1) and 73 (+2).  He finished alone in first place with Brendan Kelly of Villanova three shots behind him. 

The rest of Yale’s team, finished tied for 12th, 28th, 32nd and 50th.  Freshman Brad Kushner also fired a low round of 68 (-3), but was hurt by his opening round of 79 (+8).  He finished up Sunday with a one-over round of 72 and tied for 12th.  Senior captain Ben Wescoe finished in the tie for 28th with rounds of 72 (+1), 79 (+8) and 73 (+2).  Junior Brandon Marick and freshman Carson Weinand finished in the ties for 32nd and 50th, respectively.  Marick shot two rounds of 76 (+5) and a closing round of 73 (+2).  Weinand shot 79 (+8), 75 (+4) and 74 (+3). 

Weinand’s 74 turned out to be the most important score of the match.  The tie-breaker at the Princeton invitational was the final round score of the fifth person on the two tying teams.  For Yale that was Weinand who’s 74 beat out Harvard’s Louis Amira’s 78 and gave Yale the team trophy.

The Bulldogs will head to the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate on Apr. 17-18.  After that it is off to the Ivy League Championships.

“I think the biggest thing for us right now is staying consistent,” said McCarthy.  “Our putting could use a little work, but as long as we keep thinking and play smart we will do well.”

Report filed by Charles Moore ’10, Yale Sports Publicity

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