Bulldogs Finish Second at Ivy League Championships
McCarthy Fires 69, Finishes Third
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The Bulldogs started the day just three shots back of Columbia and ready to make a charge, but after numerous lead changes, Yale ended exactly where it started, three shots back of Columbia. Columbia claimed their third consecutive Ivy League Championship with a score of 890. Yale finished in second with a score of 893 and Penn rounded out the top three at 898.
“I feel like everyone can point to a few breaks that went against them,” said junior Thomas McCarthy. “With the difference only being three strokes, it comes down to grinding it out and making that big putt to keep a round going and build momentum.”
McCarthy had one of the best rounds of the tournament on Sunday, when he fired a one under par 69. McCarthy started off the tournament a bit shaky with a 76 (+6), but improved each day to finish at six over par for the tournament and alone in third place.
“My swing was shaky early on in the tournament, but I got more comfortable with each day,” said McCarthy. “I was able to improve my score each day and since it was the Ivies, I was more focused each day.”
McCarthy opened the round with five consecutive pars, before making birdie at the par 4 sixth. He quickly gave that stroke back with bogey at the seventh and then two more with a double bogey at the eighth. He made the turn at two over par, but played a spectacular back nine. He started off with birdie at the par 4 10th to get to one over and then got back to even with birdie at the 14th. McCarthy bogeyed 15, but closed with birdies at 17 and 18.
“I can't say enough about Tom,” said senior captain Ben Wescoe. “He has been my best friend and a wonderful teammate. He has been a stud all year and was without a doubt the Ivy Player of the Year. He played his heart out this weekend.”
Freshman Brad Kushner finished in a tie for 10th place, after a spectacular closing round of 71 (+1). Kushner opened the tournament with a decent round of 75 (+5), but shot 80 (+10) on Saturday as he struggled to make pars. He recovered nicely on Sunday, shooting just three bogeys on the front nine and a two under back nine.
Wescoe had been solid all weekend and was in contention for the individual title, until he stumbled on Sunday. Wescoe shot rounds of 74 (+4) and 72 (+2) on Friday and Saturday, respectively, but fired an 81 (+11) on Sunday to finish in a tie for 13th.
“I'm devastated,” said Wescoe. “That was a tough finish and will be hard to get over. But, I am proud of all my teammates and everything we have accomplished this year. We fought hard all week and left it all out on the course. We just came up a bit short. But as Coach always says, 'Win or lose, you always wake up the next day proud to be on the Yale golf team.'”
Wescoe opened his round with three consecutive bogeys and then bogeyed the seventh and ninth to make the turn at five over. Those struggles carried over to the back nine, where he fired two more bogeys and added two double bogeys to the card to finish at 11 over.
Junior Brandon Marick had another solid day for the Bulldogs with a round of 78 (+8). All three of Marick's rounds counted for the Bulldogs this weekend, and he managed to keep all of them under 80. He finished in 19th place at 19 strokes over par. Marick's round got off to a rocky start with a double bogey at the first, a bogey at the third, and a double bogey at the fourth. He made the turn at six over, after one more bogey at the seventh. Marick played the back nine in just two over par, though, and finished out his round at eight over.
Freshman Carson Weinand struggled to break 80 on Friday and Saturday, but turned it around Sunday to shoot a 76 (+6) and finish in a tie for 33rd. Weinand opened the day with a birdie at the first, but quickly gave it back with a bogey at the second. He would fire two more bogeys on the front nine to make the turn at two over par. On the back nine, Weinand bogeyed four more holes to close out the round at six over par.
Looking ahead to next year, the Bulldogs will graduate senior captain Ben Wescoe and classmate Seve Gonzales. Both were significant contributors to the team.
“Obviously it will be tough to fill Ben and Seve's spots, but we have so much talent and depth that we will definitely be a factor again next year,” said McCarthy. “We'll be ready.”
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity