Southampton, N.Y. - The men's golf team started their 2010-2011 season out with a bang Sunday, cruising to victory over rivals Harvard and Princeton in a one-day, match-play tournament. The Elis took eight of the day's 10 matches -- many of them in rather convincing fashion - en route to the tournament win.
Reigning Ivy League Player of the Year and Yale captain Tom McCarthy picked up right where he left off last spring, handling Princeton's Evan Harmeling 6 and 4 and beating Harvard's Antonio Grillo 4 and 3. Fellow Eli standout, sophomore Bradley Kushner, also kept up last season's strong play, taking convincing 6 and 4 wins over both Princeton's Bernie D'Amato and Harvard's Mark Pollak to earn two points for the Bulldogs.
Perhaps the most exciting performance of the day came from Yale freshman Sam Bernstein, who followed up last week's historic preseason tournament win with a dominating 8 and 7 victory over the Crimson's Theodore Lederhausen, and a 2 and 1 victory over Tiger Eric Salazar. Junior Jeff Hatten also turned in a solid day, rounding out the Elis' scoring with a 5 and 4 win over Princeton's Patrick Wasserman and a 1-up victory over Harvard's Connor Wentzel.
The tournament marks the first action of what has the potential to be another strong season for head coach Colin Sheehan '97's squad. Though many months of work remain between the Elis and their quest for the 2011 Ivy League Championship, their resounding match-play victory against their Ancient Eight colleagues is a strong first step on that journey. The second step comes September 20th and 21st, when the Bulldogs continue their fall season with a trip to the Adams Cup in Newport, Rhode Island. Yale then returns home to host the October 2nd Macdonald Cup.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.