March 15, 2009
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Yale men's golf team struggled in the final round of the Geico Intercollegiate. After coming into Saturday in second-place, the Bulldogs could not hold on and ended up finishing in fifth. Yale's tournament score of 917 (+53) was 13 shots behind the winners Southern Illinois (904). Bryant (911) and Seton Hall (912) rounded out the top three in second and third, respectively.
The Bulldogs came into Saturday in a two-way tie with Seton Hall for second place. Both schools sat only nine shots behind Southern Illinois, but neither were able to catch the Salukis. Bryant came the closest after starting 13 shots back of Southern Illinois, they shot the best team round of the day, 304 (+16). They came up just seven shots short of the Salukis, but surpassed Yale and Seton Hall. Appalachian State shot the second best team round of the day at 306 (+18). It was good enough to surpass Yale by one shot.
Senior Taylor Hakes led the Bulldogs for the second time this tournament with his third-round score of 76 (+4). After shooting a tournament score of 227 (+11), Hakes finished in a tie for 10th-place. Sophomore Thomas McCarthy was right behind Hakes with a final score of 228 (+12). He also shot a final round of 76 (+4) and finished in a tie for 14th. Senior captain Colby Moore and junior Ben Wescoe had been steady for the Bulldogs all weekend, but struggled Saturday, shooting rounds of 80 (+8) and 82 (+10), respectively. These were the first rounds over 80 that the Bulldogs had to count towards their score this season. Sophomore Michael Fader withdrew from the final round.
Yale's individuals struggled right along with the rest of their team. Freshman Jeffrey Hatten led things for the individuals, finishing in a tie for 49th. He shot a third-round score of 81 (+9), which gave him an overall tournament score of 237 (+21). Sophomore Brandon Marick shot a final round of 83 (+11) to finish in a tie for 54th. His final tournament score was 239 (+23). Junior Seve Gonzales and senior Thomas Ginakakis finished in ties for 83rd and 90th, respectively. Gonzales shot a final round of 89 (+17), while Ginakakis shot a 93 (+21). They finished with tournament scores of 257 (+41) and 264 (+48), respectively. Freshman Zachary Plutzik did not record a score in his final round.
The individual trophy was won by Tom Hayes from the Savannah School of Art and Design. His three-round total of 219 (+3) was accumulated through rounds of 72 (E), 74 (+2) and 73 (+1). Hayes was competing as an individual, as was Jordan Cox of Southern Illinois who finished in second. He finished four shots behind Hayes with a tournament total of 223 (+7). The top three was rounded out by Patrick Scheil also from Southern Illinois. He finished one shot behind Cox with a score of 224 (+8).
The Bulldogs will take a bit of a hiatus, before returning to competition on April 4 at the Yale Spring Opener hosted at the Yale Golf Course.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity