Yale Hosts Macdonald Cup

The Course at Yale. (photo by DSPics.com)
The Course at Yale. (photo by DSPics.com)

Defending Champions Look to Make it Three in a Row

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—When the Yale men's golf team returns home to the Yale Golf Course for the Oct. 5-6 Macdonald Cup, it will look to capture its third straight victory at the tournament. 

The Bulldogs return to New Haven, Conn., with several strong results under their belt. They clinched the Sept. 14-15 Doc Gimmler tournament by 16 strokes and finished third in the highly competitive field of the Sept. 23-24 Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic. As such, the Elis will look to add to the momentum this weekend at a competition in which they have seen considerable success in the past.

Yale claimed the Macdonald Cup by three strokes last year after firing a blistering final round to move atop the leaderboard, winning the tournament for the third time in the past four years. The previous year, the Bulldogs won the tournament by five strokes.

Last year's victory brought the team's head-to-head record in this event from the last four years to 49-1—and 84-3 going back to 2007. 

The Elis will look to build on this record when they take to the links for this 54-hole tournament. Players will go through 36 holes on Saturday and tackle a final round on Sunday morning.

In all, 12 teams will be competing over the weekend, including Ivy League rivals Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn. The field also features Illinois, who performed strongly in the national championship last year, and Hartford, which finished second at last year's Macdonald Cup.

Yale will have the home advantage as it plays through the Yale Golf Course. 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.

"We always take a measure of pride hosting this event. We welcome top players from near and far to test themselves on our demanding course," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "The course does come with the advantage of familiarity, but there's also pressure to play well at home, which is something we have been able to do successful in recent years."

Indeed, the course will provide a familiar environment for Yale's golfers, who are in fine form. At the Notre Dame tournament, senior captain Sam Bernstein and junior William Davenport tied for fifth in a very strong field; Davenport will also look to reprise his result at last year's Macdonald Cup, where he tied for second.

Sophomore Joe Willis will also be in the hunt, after he clinched his first tournament medal at The Doc Gimmler. Also looking to make an impact will be freshman Jonathan Lai, who is playing his first tournament at home. 

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