Look to Build Momentum After Win Last Week
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coming off a six-stroke win at the Apr. 10-11 Princeton Invitational, the Yale men's golf team will look to repeat its success Apr. 16-17 at the Century Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., where it will host the Century Intercollegiate.
While last year's tournament was at Caves Valley in Owings Mills, Md., the tough conditions left the Bulldogs in fifth place overall, with a team score of +57.
This year, however, the Elis will look to capitalize on the momentum they generated at last week's Princeton Invitational, which they won with an overall score of -4, a full six shots ahead of second place, which was filled by Ivy League rival Penn.
"We're looking to keep the momentum going," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "I've just got a good feeling about our chances and I know the team is excited for the opportunity to get out and play on the course."
A number of golfers on the Yale team will be especially looking to make their mark at the Century Golf Club, after strong performances last week.
Leading the charge will be freshman Sam Bernstein and senior captain Thomas McCarthy, who finished last weekend's tournament at -5 and -3 to finish in first and second place, respectively. As a junior last year, McCarthy tied for second place at the Intercollegiate, shooting rounds of 75 and 73 to finish just one stroke behind Chance Pipitone of Penn.
Also likely to be in the hunt are junior Jeffrey Hatten and sophomore Bradley Kushner. Hatten played well last weekend to finish at +3 overall in a tie for seventh place, while Kusher finished just seven strokes behind McCarthy at last year's equivalent competition.
The course at the Century Golf Club, however, is not likely to be too easy. Designed by Colt & Alison, it opened in 1908 and features a number of tough holes.
Still, when interviewed last Sunday about the team's preparation for the tournament, McCarthy said the team would treat it no differently to any other.
"Looking to next week, I don't think anything will change in terms of preparation," he said. "Simply rest up, take a day off, and then get right back into the swing of things on Tuesday."
The Bulldogs will take to the course Saturday morning.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.