April 15, 2010

Bulldogs Look to Keep Win Streak Alive at Caves Valley Invitational

Last Tune-Up Before Ivy League Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs have won their last two golf tournaments and will seek to claim a third this weekend.   Yale will take its unbeaten streak to Owings Mills, Md. where it will host the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate.  There will be eight teams in attendance, including six from the Ivy League.  The event will take place on Apr. 17-18.

The Bulldogs come into the tournament on a hot streak.  After winning their own spring opener at the Course at Yale, the Bulldogs went to Princeton, N.J., and defeated 14 other teams.  Yale actually tied with Harvard in total score, but the Bulldogs took the tiebreak on freshman Carson Weinand's third round score of 74 (+3).  Not only did the Bulldogs win the tournament with some all around strong play, including a final round that saw scores of 72 (+1), 73 (+2), 73 (+2), 73 (+2) and 74 (+3), but junior Tom McCarthy won the individual trophy with some phenomenal golf.  He opened the tournament with a round of 67 (-4) and followed it up with rounds of 70 (-1) and 73 (+2).  The biggest comeback of the tournament went to freshman Brad Kushner, who opened the tournament with a 79 (+8), only to turn around a shoot a staggering score of 68 (-3) in the second round.

The Caves Valley Golf Club 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.

Joining two Bulldog teams will be Brown, Cornell, George Washington, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Temple.

Harvard enters the tournament as the defending champions.  The Bulldogs took fourth last year, finishing 17 shots back of the Crimson.  George Washington and Penn finished in second and third, respectively.  Last year's efforts were led by Colby Moore '09, followed closely by McCarthy and senior captain Ben Wescoe.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity