Oct. 21, 2008
EL CAJON, Calif. - The Yale men's golf team played some of its best golf of the year in the opening two rounds of the Sycuan Collegiate. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were up against some of the best competition in the country. With a field that featured eight top-100 teams, the Bulldogs knew it was going to be a battle all the way. The tournament is being led by the host school San Diego with a score of 550 (-26). San Diego is followed by Colorado in second, with a score of 556 (-20), and Denver in third, with a score of 561 (-15). The Bulldogs currently sit in 11th with a score of 579 (+3). They are currently 29 shots off the lead, but only 18 off third place. The top six teams in the standing, right now, are all ranked in the top 100.
Yale is being led by junior Ben Wescoe, who shot a round of 141 (-3) to put himself in a tie for 23rd. Wescoe shot rounds of 71 and 70. Closely behind Wescoe is sophomore Thomas McCarthy, who proved he is a steady player once again by shooting back-to-back rounds of 72 to finish the day 144 (E). McCarthy is currently tied for 46th. Junior Seve Gonzales played well in his third start of the year, shooting rounds of 73 and 72 to finish the day at 145 (+1). Senior captain Colby Moore is currently tied for 94th after shooting opening rounds of 76 and 74 to finish with a score of 150 (+6). Rounding out Yale's five-person team was sophomore Michael Fader. Fader struggled in the first round, shooting an 84. He quickly rebounded in the next round, shooting 73 to finish the day with a score of 157 (+13). Fader is currently in a tie for 112th. Yale entered one individual in the tournament. Senior Taylor Hakes, a resident of Coronado, Calif. is getting the chance to play in his home state and he is making the most of it. Hakes is currently tied for 73rd after shooting rounds of 74 and 73 to finish the day at 147 (+3).
The Bulldogs are shooting some of their best scores, but still finding themselves in places ranging from 23rd to 112th. The reason for this is the solid play of other schools' individual players. The tournament is being led by Dustin Garza of Wichita State, who shot rounds of 71 and 61 to finish the day at 132 (-12). Right behind him, however, is Bryce Hanstad from Colorado State. He shot rounds of 68 and 65, putting him safely in second with a score of 133 (-11). Almost the entire top 28 has a score under 70, which further solidifies the strength of this field.
The Bulldogs will finish the tournament, Tuesday.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity