October 2, 2010

Bulldogs Host Macdonald Cup

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Following a ninth-place finish at last weekend's Adams Cup in Newport, R.I., the men's golf team returns home to host the Macdonald Cup at The Course at Yale – the nation's top collegiate golf course as ranked by Golfweek Magazine earlier this fall. Captain Tom McCarthy took home the individual championship in last year's tournament, helping the Bulldogs claw back from a seven-shot deficit to edge out Iowa State and take the team championship, as well.

The tournament is named after course designer Charles Blair Macdonald, a famed course architect who co-founded the USGA. Joined by Seth Raynor and Charles Banks, he designed The Course at Yale for opening in 1926 as an early American classic, sporting big, heavily bunkered greens and smaller fairways. It has been ranked amongst the most challenging and best classical golf courses in the nation by such publications as Golf Magazine and Golfweek, and has played host to three NCAA Eastern Regionals (most recently this year's in June).

Joining the Bulldogs on their beautiful host course this weekend will be . If the Bulldogs hope to repeat last year's tournament win, they will need big performances from McCarthy, as well as sophomore standout Bradley Kushner and newly established freshman stalwart Sam Bernstein, both of whom finished in the individual top 50 at last week's highly competitive Adams Cup.

Barring any bad weather, the action tees off Saturday morning, as the Elis begin their defense of last year's Macdonald Cup title.

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity.