Look To Go One Better Over Last Year
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When the Yale men's golf team hits the links at the Galloway National Golf Course in Galloway, N.J., for the Apr. 22-24 Ivy League Championships, it will look to build on recent momentum and last year's second-place finish.
"We are in a position where if we play well we are capable of winning," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "This is a hungry team and I know, no matter the results, they will play to the best of their ability."
Still, the Bulldogs will face some tough competition from the other teams in the competition – Ancient Eight rival Harvard will look to repeat its win at last week's Century Intercollegiate, while teams from Penn and Princeton will also likely figure up the top of the leaderboard after strong season performances.
The Elis are not without their own momentum, coming into this Ivy League Championships with a first-place finish at the Princeton Invitational and top-three finishes at the Macdonald Cup, George Washington Invitational and Century Intercollegiate tournaments under their belt.
Senior captain Thomas McCarthy said that because the season has been filled with "a lot of ups and downs," the team will be mentally prepared to handle the pressure and struggles that it may encounter throughout the tournament.
"I think we have as good a shot at winning this weekend as any team," he said. "We have such a talented team that if we play to our potential, it could definitely be our week."
The season has seen talent aplenty, not only from McCarthy but also players like freshman Sam Bernstein, junior Jeffrey Hatten and sophomore Bradley Kushner. Bernstein took first place individually at the Princeton Invitational, while both Hatten and Kushner have fired consistently strong rounds to ensure the Bulldogs always have figured in the rankings.
McCarthy, meanwhile, has recorded another stellar season, with no result below fifth place in the past four tournaments.
"The good thing about our guys is that any one of us can put the team on our backs and carry us for a tournament," McCarthy said. "I look for each of us to contribute, and for everyone to perform well."
Players will have to contend with the tough course at Galloway National, which was crafted by Tom Fazio and features marked contour changes, pine forest, sand and water. Its website says "breathtaking views, inviting fairways, challenging hazards and beautifully situated greens" are the reward for players willing to play it through.
"Galloway is a very tough course, and will be a good test," McCarthy said. "I played the Ivy League Championships there freshman year, and it doesn't yield too many good scores. It'll be a test of patience."
Play will kick off Friday morning.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.