September 29, 2012

Elis Host Macdonald Cup

Defending Champions Look to Win Third Cup in Four Years

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — When the Yale men's golf team returns to The Course at Yale for the Sept. 29-30 Macdonald Cup, it will look to defend to defend the championship title which it clinched last year.

After a powerful second-place finish at the Adams Cup, behind No. 22 University of Central Florida, the Elis will look to surge at a competition in which they have seen considerable success in the past. Yale clinched the Macdonald Cup by five strokes last year, winning the tournament for the second time in the past three years. 

The Bulldogs will look to repeat that result when they take to the links for the 54-hole tournament in New Haven, Conn. Players will go through 36 holes on Saturday and tackle a final round on Sunday morning.

In all, 14 teams will be competing over the weekend, including Ivy League rivals Brown, Columbia and Harvard. Other teams that will look to challenge the Elis include Hartford and St. John's, both of which have won the Macdonald Cup in the past, and nationally-ranked Notre Dame.

 

"We are delighted to host 13 teams to Yale for the 37th edition of The Macdonald Cup," said Head Coach Colin Sheehan '97. "The team is hard at work getting to ready to become the first Yale squad to repeat as champions. We have had considerable success on our home soil."

All the teams will have to contend with the difficult Course at Yale. Designed by champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA Charles Blair Macdonald, the course is an exemplar of the early American golf course and has consistently been voted the number one college golf course in America.

Despite the course's difficulty, all the Yale players will look to position themselves up the top of the leaderboard. Many of them have seen past success at the tournament: junior Sam Bernstein, who finished second at last year's Macdonald Cup and won the individual medal at the Adams Cup, will be joined by senior captain Bradley Kushner, who tied for fourth place at last year's competition. 

Also looking to make an impact are freshman Joe Willis, who debuted in fine form with a second-place finish at the Adams Cup, and sophomore William Davenport, who finished in 16th place at his first home tournament last year.

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