Oct. 10, 2008
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - After 36 holes of golf, the Bulldogs are leading the ECAC Championships by seven strokes. The Bulldogs came out early Friday morning with a team score of 303, placing them in a tie for third behind Monmouth (298) and last year's Ivy League Champions Columbia (301). Yale came blistering back in the afternoon shooting a team round of 288, eight shots better than any team round posted for the entire day. As it stands, Yale (591) is leading Bucknell (598) by seven shots and Columbia (601), whom they were paired with today, by ten shots.
The Bulldogs were led by yet another impressive performance from the sophomore Thomas McCarthy. McCarthy led the Bulldogs through both the morning and afternoon. He shot a respectable 75 (+4) in the morning, but came out firing in the afternoon, shooting a 70 (-1) for a total round of 145. His second round currently stands as the tournament's lowest round. McCarthy is trailed closely by junior Ben Wescoe, who shot rounds of 76 (+5) and 71 (E) to finish with 147. Freshman Jeffrey Cartin Hatten, playing in his first tournament for Yale, shot rounds of 76 (+5) and 73 (+2), placing him just inside the top 10 with Wescoe and McCarthy.
"I'm very proud of both Jeff and Tom," said Wescoe. "This is Jeff's first big time tournament. He really stepped up and contributed in a big way. And Tom has just been such a steady and solid player."
Yale's other two players, sophomore Michael Fader and senior Colby Moore, played solid rounds for the Bulldogs. Fader shot 76 (+5) and 73 (+2) to finish with a 149. Moore turned in scores of 77 (+6) and 76 (+5) to finish with a score of 153.
The key to the Bulldog's success Friday was their experience with this type of tournament structure. The Bulldogs were coming off a second place finish at the Macdonald Cup where they had to play a strenuous 36 holes on a Yale course that is unforgiving in its elevation changes. Friday it was the tough Long Island National Golf Course with which the Bulldogs had to contend.
"It is a tough course and was really windy early," said Wescoe. "Playing 36 holes is always tough, but we were able to do exactly what we did in the Macdonald Cup, by shooting low in the second 18. Lots of teams get tired in the second round and you can make up strokes. This is the first time we've gone back to back tournaments with 36 holes in one day. We knew we could play with any team in the country after Macdonald Cup."
Players will tee-off for the final 18 holes Saturday morning, starting at 11:00 a.m. The Bulldogs will be paired again with Columbia and also Bucknell. They will play from the first hole at 11:45 a.m. with tee times every nine minutes until 12:21 p.m.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity