Yale Heads to Blacksburg for NCAA Regional

Thomas McCarthy. (photo by DSPics.com)

Will Look to Build on Ivy League Championship Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After claiming the Ivy League Championship on Apr. 23, the Yale men's golf team will look to go one better as it competes in the May 19-21 NCAA Virginia Tech Regional at the Pete Dye-designed River Course in Blacksburg, Va.

The Bulldogs secured an automatic berth at the NCAA Regional as a result of its Ivy League Championship victory, and found out the location of its tournament after the May 9 draw. At Blacksburg, Yale will have to fend off tough competition from schools including Georgia Tech, LSU, Duke and Oklahoma.

"With Georgia Tech, LSU, Duke and Virginia, among others, this is a chance for us to compete against some of the finest teams in college golf," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "We can only wish to play our best and I'm certain the team will play with the very same resolve that led to the regular season ending on such a high note."

Though the Elis are seeded 13th based on season and conference play, their performance this season certainly suggests a good chance of a strong performance at the NCAA Regional. They took out the Princeton Invitational and Ivy League Championship, and individual golfers have performed to the highest level throughout the season.

Led by senior captain Thomas McCarthy, and ably supported by freshman Sam Bernstein and junior Jeffrey Hatten, who was recently elected to be next year's captain, the team has many good performances under its belt coming into Thursday's competition. Also likely to figure high up on the leaderboard is sophomore Bradley Kushner, who notched up a first-team All-Ivy performance at the Ivy League Championship and will be looking to repeat such a result on Thursday.

Still, the Bulldogs will have to play out the tough Pete Dye-designed River Course, which features spectacular views of the nearby river that may distract golfers from the tough bunkers, small elevated greens and numerous collection points dotted around the course. There is no doubt the course is worthy of the NCAA tournament: it was rated four and a half stars by Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play," and came in 18th on Golfweek's Best Campus Courses in America.

"Measuring nearly 7,700 yards, the Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech is one of the longest golf courses in the country, but I don't think our team will be daunted by the challenge," Sheehan said. "This team is accustomed to competing in adverse conditions."

If the Bulldogs place in the top five teams at the tournament, they will advance to the May 31-June 5 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.

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

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