Bulldogs Host Yale Spring Opener

Carson Weinand. (photo by DSPics.com)

Look to Repeat Last Year's Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Following a second-place finish at the George Washington Invitational, the Yale men's golf team will look to capitalize on its momentum when it returns home for the Yale Spring Opener, which takes place Apr. 2 at The Course at Yale.

The Bulldogs are well poised to repeat last year's performance, when they won the competition with an overall team score of +30, edging out Central Connecticut (+31) by a single stroke and Ivy League rivals Harvard (+40) by a full 10 strokes.

Sophomore Carson Weinand and senior Brandon Marick will also be looking to reprise their strong performances at last year's competition, where they finished at +5 and +8 to finish tied for second and tied for seventh, respectively.

"We are defending the title from last year and I'm excited to see how the boys handle the inclement conditions," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "We will be stronger for having played through these typically, early-season conditions."

Though the Elis fell just short of Ancient Eight rival Penn at last week's George Washington Invitation, there were several impressive individual performances that bode well for future competitions. Freshman Sam Bernstein came in second overall at exactly even par for the tournament, while senior captain Thomas McCarthy finished just behind on +3 to tie for third overall.

"After a rough fall, I still think we have one of the most talented teams in the Ivy League, and are starting to trend in the right direction," McCarthy said. "If each of us can play as we should, there's no reason why we shouldn't have a great finish this weekend."

The team has another advantage: the tournament will take place at home, at The Course at Yale, which was designed by champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA Charles Blair Macdonald. Recognized around the world as an exemplar of the early American golf course, the course has been voted the number one college golf course in America and was ranked 71st on Golf Magazine's list of the 100 most difficult courses in the world.

In particular, the course's 18th hole, where golfers will finish their rounds this weekend, is notorious for being among the top 10 blind holes in the world, according to Links Magazine.

Still, none of that will deter the Bulldogs when they tee off on Saturday.

"I look forward to watching this team compete and we are poised to play our best golf of the year," Sheehan said.

The Yale Spring Opener is one of just three tournaments the Bulldogs compete in before the Ivy League Championships, which take place Apr. 22-24 at Galloway National Golf Course in Galloway, N.J.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity