Bulldogs Open Season at Dartmouth Invitational

 First Time Bulldogs Play Tournament

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's golf team will open its season this weekend at the Dartmouth Invitational.  The two-day tournament will be played Sept. 26-27 at the Hanover Country Club.  The teams will play 18 holes on Saturday, followed by 18 more on Sunday.

"This is the first time we are playing the Dartmouth Invitational in a while," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97.  "It used to be a staple on the schedule.  It promises to be a wonderful New England fall weekend, and I'm traveling with the entire roster."

Returning to lead the Bulldogs this year is senior captain Ben Wescoe.  Wescoe was the only Yale player to win an individual tournament last season.  He led the Bulldogs to victory at the ECAC Championships in the fall.  Joining Wescoe will be senior Seve Gonzales, juniors Michael Fader, Brandon Marick and Thomas McCarthy and sophomores Ryan Dowd, Jeffrey Hatten, and Zach Plutzik.  New to the team this year are freshmen Russel Holmes, Bradley Kushner and Carson Weinard. 

"My starting five will be Brad Kushner, Brandon Marick, Thomas McCarthy, Carson Weinard and Ben Wescoe," said Sheehan.  "Brad led the team in the 90-hole qualifier that led to the selection of the starting team.  Both Carson and Brad have asserted themselves son the squad." 

The Bulldogs come into the season after finishing fourth at the Ivy League Championships last year.  Yale was led by McCarthy and Wescoe who finished in third and fifth, respectively, and both received All-Ivy recognition.  Fader finished in a tie for 22nd.  Last year's Bulldogs also took second place at their own Macdonald Cup, the Yale Spring Opener and the Princeton Invitational.

Host school Dartmouth finished ahead of Yale in the Ivy League Championship, so revenge will be on the Bulldogs minds this weekend.

"We look forward to matching ourselves up with Dartmouth, who finished a few strokes ahead of us at Ivies last April," said Sheehan.  "And I know my players look to measure themselves against Pete Williamson, who last year was Rookie of the Year and Ivy Player of the Year."

The Dartmouth invitational will be the first in a string of four fall events which should set up nicely for the Bulldogs.  After Dartmouth, the Bulldogs will host their own Macdonald Cup, followed by the Big Five in Philadelphia and finally the inauguration of the Ivy League Match Play event at Southhampton, N.Y.

"I really like our chances in each of these four up-coming events," said Sheehan.  "There is serious competition amongst the players on the roster for the starting positions.  We haven't had this type of depth on the team in a while."

The Bulldogs will begin play the morning of Sept. 26.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity