April 22, 2010

Bulldogs Head to Baltusrol for Ivy League Championships

 

Look to Capture First Title Since 2003

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's golf team is heading to one of the most famous courses in golf to take on the rest of the Ivy League in the annual Ivy League Championship.  The three-day event will begin on Friday, Apr. 23 and carry through the weekend.  The Bulldogs come into the event having won four tournaments this year and never having finished worse than fifth.

The Bulldogs will be up against stiff competition this week as Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton will all head to Baltusrol to try and claim their spot atop the Ivy League.  Penn comes in as the team to beat, after they won the Caves Valley Intercollegiate last weekend.  Also, look for Harvard and Princeton to be near the top of the leader board come Sunday.

This year's tournament will be hosted at the world-famous Baltusrol Golf Club.  Baltusrol has been the site of seven U.S. Open Championships, two U.S. Women's Opens and the 2005 PGA Championship, which was won by Phil Mickelson.  Jack Nicklaus won the 1967 and 1980 U.S. Opens at Baltusrol and the likes of Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, and Tiger Woods have all walked the fairways of Baltusrol.  The course is set at the base of the Baltusrol Mountain in northern New Jersey.  It hosts two championship courses, an Upper and a Lower, both designed by architect A.W. Tillinghast.  The Lower Course is a par 72, 7,015-yard course with three signature holes: the fourth, seventeenth, and eighteenth.  The Upper Course is also a par 72, but measures 6,866 yards.  The Upper Course has the narrower fairways and greens, as it is built on the side of a hill.

By all accounts the Bulldogs have had a spectacular season.  Yale won both its home tournaments, the MacDonald Cup and Yale Spring Opener.  The Bulldogs also took first at the Princeton Invitational.  Beyond that they finished second at the Dartmouth Invitational, third at the Big Five in Philadelphia, second at the George Washington Invitational, and tied for fifth at the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate.  If it were not for their fifth place finish this past weekend against a number of Ivy League teams, the Bulldogs would be the heavy favorites heading into the weekend.  As it stands, they still probably are.

The Bulldogs are being led right now by junior Thomas McCarthy, who has won two tournaments this year as well as a second place finish at last weekend's Caves Valley Intercollegiate.  McCarthy is getting a lot of help from his teammates though, as senior captain Ben Wescoe, junior Brandon Marick, and freshmen Brad Kushner and Carson Weinand all have been playing outstanding this year.  While McCarthy has won two tournaments, it has been a bit of a revolving door at the top.  All five of Yale's players have the ability to go low and it seems like every week there is a different player leading the charge.

The Bulldogs will tee-off Friday morning for a chance to claim their first title in seven years.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity