April 26, 2009
NORTHFIELD, N.J. - The Bulldogs advanced one spot on Saturday, but could not make up the ground they needed to catch the first place Columbia Lions. The Bulldogs shot the second lowest team round of the tournament and the lowest of the day, but it was too little too late. Yale (866) finished in fourth, two shots behind third place Dartmouth (864), seven shots behind second place Penn (859) and eight shots behind this year's Ivy League Champions Columbia (858).
"We had the low-round of the day and it was great to come back," said senior captain Colby Moore. "I think we just put ourselves in too big of a hole. We tried to muster up a charge and came really close, but it was not enough."
Looking back, the Bulldogs can point to moving day as the point at which they lost their shot at winning the tournament. The Bulldogs came into Saturday just seven shots back of Penn in third place. The Bulldogs actually shot better on Saturday, but 291 was not enough when the leaders shot 283, 286 and 280. The Bulldogs made up shots on the field Sunday, but it just was not enough.
"Yesterday really kind of knocked us out," said Moore. "We didn't play the closing three holes well all tournament. We were not able to finish out our rounds and it left us with a sour taste each day. They were some of the more difficult holes on the course, but they definitely cost us more than the six or seven shots that we lost by."
Sophomore Thomas McCarthy led the Bulldogs, shooting three solid rounds of 69 (-3), 72 (+2) and 71 (+1), and finishing in a tie for third, just one shot back of Eric Salazar of Princeton and Pete Williamson of Dartmouth who finished in a tie for first. McCarthy, who started on the tenth tee, shot a solid first nine with three birdies and bogey, putting him at two-under heading into the turn. After a bogey on the par-four second and birdie on the par-five sixth, McCarthy was still at two-under, however a bogey-bogey-bogey finish put him at one-over for the round and even for the tournament.
Junior Ben Wescoe also had a solid tournament for the Bulldogs finishing in a tie for fifth with Clark Granum of Columbia and Scotty Williams of Penn. Wescoe played a steady tournament from start to finish with rounds of 73 (+1), 70 (E) and 70(E) for a 213 (+1) tournament total. Wescoe started off his Sunday round with a birdie on the par-5 10th, but gave two strokes back with bogeys on 15 and 17. He birdied 18 to head into the front nine even-par. He started off the front-nine with bogeys on two and three to get to two-over par. He closed strongly with birdies on the par-three four and par-three eight to finish the round at even-par.
Sophomore Michael Fader and senior Taylor Hakes finished in a tie for 22nd with tournament scores of 221 (+9). Fader shot a relatively quiet round on Sunday with two birdies, three bogeys, and a double bogey. He finished at three-over par for the day with a round of 73. Hakes on the other hand shot one of the better rounds of the tournament coming in at one-under par. He opened the day with birdies on 10 and 12, and from then on it was 15 pars and a bogey on the par-four first.
Senior captain Colby Moore finished out the tournament with a round of 76 (+6) and a tournament score of 227 (+15). Moore's round was plagued by three double bogeys on two, three and 17. He helped himself out though with birdies on two of the three par-fives and a birdie on the par-three 15th. Moore struggled to make birdies all tournament with his first two rounds featuring 25 pars.
The Bulldogs will graduate both Moore and Hakes but look to show no signs of slowing down.
"I was really proud of the guys," said Moore. "They played really well today and it only bodes well for next year. The program is in a great place. We have some good talent coming in next year and I think the signs are bright."
"We had a good season on the whole," said Moore. "We won the ECACs in the fall and we took Oklahoma down to the wire on our home course. We had some great trips. The spring was a bit of a letdown because we thought we could run the table and we didn't end up getting a win. And obviously our goal was to win Ivies. But we had good times, some good wins, and we played some great golf. I'm really proud of the boys."
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity