Freshmen Kushner and Weinard Lead Yale
HANOVER, N.H. - The Yale men's golf team is showing no signs of slowing down, after graduating Colby Moore '09 and Taylor Hakes '09. The Bulldogs came out firing at the Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday and are currently in a tie for first place with Central Connecticut. Yale (295) is two shots ahead of Boston College (297) and Sacred Heart (297) and four shots ahead of host school Dartmouth (299).
That's the official story. The Bulldogs actually played 27 holes on Saturday in preparation for the rain that could come on Sunday, and unofficially, the Bulldogs are still leading.
"We ended up playing an extra nine holes today because of tomorrow's forecast for rain," said Wescoe. "As it stands right now, I believe we are in a tie for first with Dartmouth."
At the end of the first round, the Bulldogs were led by a pair of freshmen, Brad Kushner and Carson Weinard. Two athletes who just three weeks ago were not even college students shot the Bulldogs right into first place. Kushner and Weinard are currently in a tie for ninth place, after shooting rounds of 73 (+2).
"I'm very proud of the freshman," said Wescoe. "Brad and Carson are leading us and Russel played well for team two. To have two freshmen leading us, while still adjusting to college life and college golf is great."
The freshmen got a lot of support from their upperclassman. Junior Brandon Marick followed closely behind with a round of 74 (+3), putting him in a tie for 15th. The only returning starters to play for the Bulldogs this week were senior captain Ben Wescoe and junior Thomas McCarthy. Wescoe and McCarthy were Yale's All-Ivy players last year, and they showed why, each carding a round of 75 (+4), putting them in a tie for 19th and the Bulldogs in a tie for first.
Yale's second team had a solid day as well and is currently in eighth place with a score of 307. They were led by senior Seve Gonzales, who shot a score of 75 (+4) and is currently in a tie with McCarthy, Wescoe, and others for 19th place. He was followed closely by junior Michael Fader who shot a round of 76 (+5) and put himself in a tie for 25th. The Bulldogs other freshmen, Russell Holmes, had a strong showing in his first collegiate round, posting a 77 (+6). He is in a tie for 31st. This year's sophomore class, Jeff Hatten and Zach Plutzik, finished in ties for 45th and 68th, respectively. Hatten fired a 79 (+8), while Plutzik came in at 89 (+18).
While other teams had lower scorers than the Bulldogs, no team had the depth and consistency that the Bulldogs exhibited. No one on Yale's first team shot a round in the 80s and only one player on Yale's second team did so. Not only that, but no one on Yale's first team shot a score above 75.
"It is fun having all ten guys on the road," said Wescoe. "It is also a great opportunity to have everyone play some tournament golf. To have ten guys that can lead this team at any point in time is a great asset for us. We like having such strong internal competition. This kind of talent and depth bodes well."
The lowest round of the day belonged to Fordham's Jason Del Rosso, who shot a score of 67 (-4). Other players in red figures were Greg Beloin of Central Conneticut with 69 (-2) and Luke Feehan of Boston College with 70 (-1).
"We know we can play better," said Wescoe. "Today wasn't anything stellar, but we are right in the hunt."
The Bulldogs will finish tomorrow with nine holes.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity