April 1, 2010

Bulldogs Host Yale Spring Opener

Look to Knock Off Reigning Champions Harvard

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After finishing second at the George Washington Invitational and breaking Yale’s single round scoring record, the Bulldogs are looking to ride that momentum into the Yale Spring Opener.  The one-day, 36-hole tournament will be held on Apr. 3 and pits the Bulldogs against 10 other teams, including two league opponents.

The tournament will be played on the world famous Yale golf course. The course was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald, the renowned golf course architect, champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA. He collaborated with Seth Raynor and Charles Banks to design the course, which was opened in 1926. The course is recognized as one of the finest examples of early American golf course design with large deeply bunkered greens and narrow rolling fairways. The course has been the site of every significant state championship, two USGA Junior National events, the 1991, 2004, and 2010 NCAA Eastern Regional championships and both the men's and women's ECAC Championships.  It has been voted the No.1 College Golf Course in America and No.45 of the Top 100 Classical Golf Courses in America. In 1988, it was ranked by Golf Magazine as 71st among the 100 most difficult courses in the world. 

Yale will be fielding two teams and they will be joined by 10 visiting schools.  Dartmouth and Harvard are the lone Ivy League competition.  Joining the Ivy Leaguers will be Bentley, Central Connecticut, Fordham, Hartford, Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, Skidmore and Trinity.

The Bulldogs are coming off a strong finish at the George Washington Invitational.  Yale placed three players in the top-10.  Other than Missouri who ran away with the tournament to beat the field by 32 strokes, Yale defeated the other 14 teams in the competition.  Junior Thomas McCarthy, senior Ben Wescoe, and freshman Brad Kushner finished in fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively.  McCarthy shot rounds of 68 (-4), 75 (+3) and 66 (-6) to finish with a score of 209 (-7).  He was followed closely by Wescoe and Kushner who finished just a stroke apart.  Wescoe finished with a total of 211 (-5) and Kushner shot 212 (-4).  Wescoe’s best round was a 68 (-4) to open the tournament, while Kushner closed the tournament with a 69 (-3).

At last year’s Yale Spring Opener, the Bulldogs finished second behind league rival Harvard.  The Bulldogs shot a round of 610, losing to Harvard by five strokes.  Sophomore Jeff Hatten led the way for Yale followed closely by Wescoe, McCarthy, Taylor Hakes ’09 and Colby Moore ’09.  The Bulldogs battled tough conditions all day, but in the end Harvard outplayed Yale to claim the invitational.

Despite wet conditions the last few days, the forecast for the weekend is sunny.  The Bulldogs will be looking to knock off the two-time reigning champions Harvard.

Report filed by Charles Moore ’10, Yale Sports Publicity