NEWPORT, R.I. - While it may not have been the best weekend for the Yale men's golf team as a whole, captain Tom McCarthy's Sunday 69 gave him sole possession of sixth place in a field of players from 16 of the most prestigious schools on the East Coast. McCarthy's Bulldogs tied for eleventh - a finish they can certainly better come spring golf, as six of the teams finishing ahead of them were members of the Ancient Eight - teams the Elis have already bested at various points this fall.
Columbia took the tournament's top spot, followed by Harvard and Penn; the Bulldogs finished just 13 strokes behind fourth place Navy, as the field - which included all Ivy League teams, Army, Navy, and other top Northeastern schools - finished relatively tightly.
The individual finishers were also tightly packed. Freshman Sam Bernstein finished the tournament at +9, just eight strokes off the lead, but tied for 27th overall. Senior Brandon Marick (+13) tied for 49th, and sophomore Carson Weinand, who posted the Bulldogs' top Saturday round (75), tied for 69th at +21.
The Classic at Shell Harbor was the Elis' last action of the fall season, leaving a taste in their mouth that will undoubtedly motivate last year's second-place finishers in the Ivy League as they begin their quest to better that finish in 2011. Helping them do that will be Bernstein, whose emergence as a consistent player for Coach Colin Sheehan '97's squad adds another weapon for the Elis, who already bost the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year in McCarthy, and sophomore Bradley Kushner, who is coming off a tremendous freshman season.
The Bulldogs return to competition Mar. 17 and 18 at the George Washington Invitational.