April 23, 2011

Yale Sits in Second After Day Two

Within Striking Distance of Penn 

GALLOWAY, N.J. – After a mixed second day out on the links, the Yale men's golf team sits in second place – just a single stroke behind tournament leader and Ancient Eight rival Penn – at the Ivy League Championship, which is taking place this year at the Galloway National Golf Course in Galloway, N.J. 

While the Elis led the field going into Saturday – the second round of three – they fell back slightly, shooting an overall team score of 314 to finish on 620 (+52) overall. Penn sat two strokes behind yesterday, but today managed to rally to finish on 619 (+51) overall, a score that certainly makes for an interesting final day's play on Sunday. 

It was a tough day for all players, with very few notching up better rounds than their first. But Yale golfers are right up in the mix of things at the top end of the leaderboard.

Three of the Bulldogs – senior captain Thomas McCarthy, sophomore Bradley Kushner and junior Jeffrey Hatten – sit comfortably in a tie for sixth place, ready to make a strong challenge in the final round. McCarthy, Kushner and Hatten finished the day with rounds of 79 (+8), 77 (+6) and 78 (+7), respectively, each closing with an overall score of 154 (+12).

Their scores are within striking distance of the tournament leader, Dartmouth golfer Peter Williamson, who held onto his lead from the first day and ended on 147 (+5).

Other Yale golfers also held their own on what was a difficult day's play at Galloway National Golf Course. Freshman Sam Bernstein, who came into the tournament with a strong season record, has not disappointed, and currently is in a tie for 14th place after finishing on 158 (+16) overall.

Also playing well is senior Michael Fader, who battled through the day for an 80 (+9). He finished the day's play on 162 (+20), in a tie for 27th place, and could well move up the leaderboard tomorrow. 

Still, all the players' scores have reflected the challenge posed by Galloway National Golf Course, which is proving to be the "test of patience" that McCarthy predicted beforehand that it would be.

Golfers will tee off for the final round of the Ivy League Championship on Sunday morning. 

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.