Jeffrey Hatten Elected 2011-12 Captain

Jeffrey Hatten. (photo by DSPics.com)

Will Follow in Footsteps of McCarthy

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Jeffrey Hatten has been elected to captain the Yale men's golf team next year, following an excellent season that saw him make the first-team All Ivy under the leadership of senior captain Thomas McCarthy. The announcement, which came at the team's end of season banquet, was accompanied by the naming of the award winners for the season's play: McCarthy took home the Widdy Neal award and Russell Holmes was voted the Most Improved Player.

It is appropriate that Hatten takes on McCarthy's role on the back of a stellar season – just as McCarthy took on the captaincy after being selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year, so Hatten will go into next season with an All-Ivy selection and numerous top-10 finishes under his belt. Both Hatten and McCarthy will take to the course at least one more time this year, at the NCAA Regionals hosted by Viriginia Tech at the Pete Dye-designed River Course in Blacksburg, Va..

Hatten, who hails from Farmington, Conn., was the team's standout player in the final month of its regular season, according to head coach Colin Sheehan '97.

"I want to point out that Jeff Hatten was our player of the month," Sheehan said as Yale took home the Ivy League Championship on Apr. 24. "His contributions have been critical to our success and without his play, we would not have won at the Princeton Invitational or the Ivy League Championship."

Indeed, Hatten's low round of the year (71) came at the Princeton Invitational, where he fired a 216 (+3) to finish in seventh place, contributing to the team's dominant first-place finish overall.
 
The team that Hatten will captain has seen similarly strong success this past year. Second-place finishes at the Macdonald Cup and the George Washington Invitational added to the wins at the Princeton Invitational and Ivy League Championship, boding well for future success. Also of note is the performance of the team's younger members: freshman Sam Bernstein took home the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year and sophomore Bradley Kushner also notched up consistently solid rounds.

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

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