April 18, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's golf team will head to Maryland this weekend to host the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate. The tournament, which will feature eight teams and be played at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., is new this year and an attempt to bring together many of the Ivy League teams in a final tune-up before the championships.
"I wanted to create this event on a truly championship course on weekend dates," said Sheehan. "Looking at the college schedule, there are fewer and fewer tournaments on Saturday and Sunday, and the ones that are on weekends, usually are not on good courses."
The course that Sheehan found is the Caves Valle Golf Club. It is a relatively new course built in 1991 and designed by the acclaimed golf course architect Tom Fazio. Fazio has designed over 120 courses and has more courses ranked in the top 100 in the U.S. than anyone else. He has also been awarded Best Modern Day Golf Course Architect three times by Golf Digest Magazine. The Caves Valley Course is situated in a unique mixture of rolling hills, pastures, woods, and wetlands forming a spectacular setting for 18 holes. The course, which features fast greens and rolling fairways, played host to the 1995 U.S. Mid-Amateur Tournament. Players must be accurate because water hazards come into play on a few holes.
"The weather in the spring can be unpredictable in the northeast," said coach Colin Sheehan '97. "So we'd rather travel five hours south than two hours north. It is a club with great facilities, so the kids will get a chance to prepare for this tournament and Ivies."
The tournament will feature eight teams, six from the Ivy League. Yale will be joined by league opponents Brown, Cornell, Harvard Penn and Princeton. Bucknell and George Washinton will also play in the tournament.
The event will be structured into two 18-hole rounds, one each day. It will be a more intimate affair, featuring only 45 golfers. Saturday night the golfers will get to attend a jacket and tie dinner with featured guest speaker Mark Whittaker, the Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News.
The tournament will begin Saturday, Apr. 18.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity