GALLOWAY, N.J. – An across-the-board performance on the final day's play has seen the Yale men's golf team take the Ivy League Championship by a vast 20 strokes at the Galloway National Golf Course at Galloway, N.J.
The win marked Yale's ninth Ivy League title and its first since 2003, and it earned the team an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Championship field.
"This is the day that we have been working for all year," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "It was a thrill to watch them compete today because all five of them played their best golf in the most important round of the year - and that says something about their character."
The Bulldogs set themselves up perfectly for their Sunday charge – on Saturday, they finished in second place, just two strokes behind Ivy League rival Penn.
For his efforts, Bernstein was voted the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year by the eight Ivy League coaches. McCarthy, Hatten and Kushner made the first-team All-Ivy for their performance in the tournament, while Bernstein made the second-team All-Ivy.
Senior Michael Fader likewise had a consistent performance throughout the tournament, finishing on 243 (+30) in a tie for 28th place.
"I just want to say this - it was a team effort," Sheehan said. "No team can win with just the contributions of its top players."
As a result of the victory, the Elis will participate in the 2011 NCAA Championship, which features six regional sites where 54-holes of golf will be played on May 19-21. The top five teams from each regional will advance to the finals, which will be played on May 25-30 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.,
The six regional competitions will be hosted by Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, San Diego and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity
Final Team Standings
1. Yale (306-314-288--908)
2. Columbia (319-307-302--928)
3. Penn (308-311-312--931)
4. Dartmouth (314-315-311--940)
5. Princeton (310-316-315--941)
6. Harvard (324-310-311--945)
7. Brown (318-316-318--952)
8. Cornell (330-317-314--961)
1. Peter Williamson, Dartmouth (69-78-7--223)*
2. Tom McCarthy, Yale (75-79-70--224)*
3. Brendan Doyle, Columbia (74-75-77—226)*
t4. Jeff Hatten, Yale (76-78-73—227)*
t4. Brad Kushner, Yale (77-77-73—227)*
t4. Scott Williams, Penn (74-74-79—227)*
t7. Michael Amato, Brown (74-78-76—228)^
t7. Clark Granum, Columbia (80-76-72—228)^
9. Sam Bernstein, Yale (78-80-72—230)^
10. Colin St. Maxens, Penn (80-77-74—231)^
t11. Andrew Jankowski, Dartmouth (76-76-81--233)^
t11. Mark Pollak, Harvard (79-75-79--233)^
* - First Team All-Ivy
^ – Second Team All-Ivy