April 2, 2011

Bulldogs Take Seventh At Home

Tough Day at Yale Spring Opener

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Facing tough conditions throughout the day, the Yale men's golf team's two squads finished in seventh and tenth-place at Saturday's Yale Spring Opener, which was held at The Course at Yale.

The two Eli teams ended the day with overall scores of +57 and +66, finishing behind the team from the University of Rhode Island, which won the competition with a combined score of +37. Last year, the Bulldogs claimed the title with an overall score of +30.

"I know the boys fought and clawed all day, but we didn't play our best, and when you don't at the Yale course in tough conditions, you make it difficult for yourself," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97.

But the day was not without standout individual performances from the Yale golfers, who made their presence felt among the field of 66. Senior captain Thomas McCarthy led the way, playing strongly throughout the day to finish at +8 and a tie for fifth. He finished just two shots shy of the three golfers who tied for first at +6.

"As always, Tom was the ever-dependable golfer," Sheehan said. "Even when he doesn't have the best day, he still pulls off an impressive performance."

Also high up on the leaderboard at the end of the day was sophomore Carson Weinand, who last year tied for third and this year shared 13th place with a final score of +11. Both he and McCarthy shot a 75 in their second rounds, an especially noteworthy performance in a windy round when scores over 80 were common.

Both junior Jeffrey Hatten and sophomore Bradley Kushner were in the hunt with cumulative scores of +14 and +15, which placed them a tie for 21st and a tie for 26th, respectively.

The Bulldogs will next compete at the Apr. 9-10 Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J., a tournament at which they are the defending champions.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.