October 15, 2009

Bulldogs Take on the Ivy League in Match Play

Yale vs. Princeton in the First Match

Match Play Bracket

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's golf team is "going up", according to Golfweek.com's The Elevator.  The Bulldogs look to continue that climb this weekend as they take on the Ivy League at the Ivy League Match Play event in Mattapoisett, Mass.  Princeton will be hosting the event at The Bay Club on Oct. 17-18.

The format is match play meaning players will compete head-to-head with scoring done on a hole-by-hole basis, not total number of strokes.  Each team will play all five players, and the first team to win three matches wins the round.  The Bulldogs have drawn Princeton in the first round and will look to repeat their success from last weekend at the Big Five Invitational.  Last week, the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers by 22 strokes.  If the Bulldogs get past Princeton it will be a tough road to the title.  In the semi-finals Yale would most likely take on Columbia, the two-time defending Ivy League Champions.  The Bulldogs would then most likely face Dartmouth in the championship, the only team to beat Yale this year from the Ivy League.

The tournament is being played at the par-71Bay Club golf course which plays at 7,068 yards.  The course was designed by Brad Faxon and Brad Booth and is described as a classic parkland layout with old fashioned square tee-boxes.  100 bunkers are strategically placed along the way to push-up greens.

The tournament will feature all eight Ivy League teams: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale.  The pairings for the first round will be Columbia/Brown, Yale/Princeton, Penn/Cornell, and Dartmouth/Harvard.

This will be the first time all eight Ivy League schools have participated at the same event since last year's Ivy League Championship.  Last year, Columbia took home the team trophy for the second year in a row.  Penn finished just one shot behind Columbia with Dartmouth five shots back of the Quakers.  Yale finished in fourth, eight shots behind Columbia.  Princeton, Harvard, Cornell and Brown, rounded out the bottom four in that order.  Junior Tom McCarthy finished just one shot out of a tie for first place with a three-day total of 212 (E).  Senior Ben Wescoe was just one shot behind McCarthy in a tie for fifth with a score of 213 (+1).  Both players earned All-Ivy honors for their play.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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