May 6, 2010

Thomas McCarthy Elected 2010-11 Captain

Wescoe Wins Widdy Neale Award, Marick Most Improved

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Thomas McCarthy has been elected Yale's 2010-11 men's golf captain.  The announcement came at the end of season banquet after a team vote.

In addition to announcing McCarthy's election, the team also announced its annual award winners.  Wescoe took home the Widdy Neale award.  The Widdy Neale Award is awarded annually to the player who did the most to boost the morale of the team and who went the extra step both on and off the course.  Marick won the Most Improved Player Award.

"It's an honor to be able to represent the guys next year," said McCarthy.  "I'm really looking forward to setting a good example and helping the team succeed in any way that I can.  I've been lucky enough to have three great captains before me and learn a bit from each of them, which will definitely help me next year."

McCarthy, a native of Tolland, Conn., led the Bulldogs to one of their best seasons in recent memory.   McCarthy was selected Ivy League Player of the Year, after winning two tournaments and finishing third at the Ivy League Championships.  He was also selected as All-Ivy for the second year in a row and shot a team leading 73.10 strokes per round.

McCarthy had a number of good tournaments throughout the season.  He won two tournaments, the Macdonald Cup and Princeton Invitational.  He also tied for second at the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate and took fourth at the George Washington Invitational.  His lowest round of the year came at the George Washington, when he shot 66 (-6).

McCarthy will lead a team that is looking to capture its first Ivy League Championship since 2003.  The Bulldogs came up just three strokes short this year against Columbia, which won its second straight championship.  The Bulldogs graduate two seniors, outgoing captain Ben Wescoe and Seve Gonzales.  Wescoe has featured prominently in the Bulldogs lineup the last couple years and both players will be missed.  But four of the five players from the team that played at the Ivy League Championship return and the Bulldogs are coming off a season where they won four tournaments, finished second three times, and never finished worst than fifth.  All signs are pointing up.

"We are definitely going to be really competitive again next year," said McCarthy.  "We had such a strong team this year, and we have some very talented recruits coming in next Fall.  I'm confident that we can pick up where we left off, this year and hopefully ... finally ... grab that Ivy League Championship.  It will be the seniors' last shot!"

McCarthy will be joined by two other seniors next year, Brandon Marick and Michael Fader.  Marick played in all nine tournaments and finished 19th at the Ivy League Championships.  Fader's best finish came at the Dartmouth Invitational, where he also took 19th.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity