October 2, 2011

Bulldogs Clinch Macdonald Cup

Result One Better Than Last Year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Everything came together for the Yale men's golf team on Sunday, as it stormed home to win the Oct. 1-2 Macdonald Cup, held at the Yale golf course in its 35th year of competition. 

While the Bulldogs sat atop the leaderboard after Saturday's play – which included only one round of play, down from two after rain caused the cancellation of the second round – Sunday provided a fresh round of challenges. All players, coming off a number of strong recent performances, were well prepared to handle them; the team closed play with an overall score of 565 (+5), five shots clear of Ivy League rival Princeton, which finished in second place at 570 (+10). Ancient Eight competitor Dartmouth finished in 3rd at 573 (+13). 

Leading the way for the Elis was sophomore Sam Bernstein, who charged home with a second round 68 (-2) to finish at -3 for the tournament, a score worthy of second place overall. Bernstein, last year's Ivy League Rookie of the Year, finished just one stroke behind the tournament winner, Dartmouth's Peter Williamson.

Close behind was junior Bradley Kushner, who ended the tournament in a tie for fourth place with an Even score. Those two standout performances were ably supported by that of freshman William Davenport, who put up a +4 performance to finish in 16th place. Senior captain Jeffrey Hatten finished back in 27th place at +7 for the weekend.

The Bulldogs' win confirms their strength, which was recognized by Golfweek in their Wednesday national rankings. Those rankings put the Elis in 43rd place nationally, and take into account recent successes like the team's third-place finish in the Adams Cup.

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