Bulldogs to Host Macdonald Cup

The Course at Yale. (photo by DSPics.com)

Look to go One Better than Last Year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – When the Yale men's golf team hits the links at the Yale golf course for the Oct. 1-2 Macdonald Cup, the Bulldogs will not only look to build on last week's strong third-place finish at the Adams Cup, but also go one better than last year's second-place finish.

"The Macdonald Cup is one of the premier college events in the northeast," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "Played on the finest university course in America during a prime autumn weekend, the event has served the Yale team very well in recent years."

Last year, the Elis pounced from sixth place after the first day's play to finish runner's up to a dominant St. John's team, which sat 15 strokes clear at the top of the leaderboard.

That result was thanks to the valiant final day charge from a number of players who remain on the team. Leading the way was junior Bradley Kushner, who notched up an overall score of +3 to finish 10th overall.

One stroke behind Kushner was junior Russell Holmes, who ultimately tied for 12th, while senior captain Jeffrey Hatten was back in a tie for 34th with a +10 score.

Still, the Bulldogs will carry some momentum from last week's strong finish at the Adams Cup. At that tournament, sophomore Sam Bernstein fired a team-best overall score to finish in a tie for fourth place overall, while freshman William Davenport played consistently to finish in a tie for 14th.

This weekend's tournament will be a good test of the Bulldogs' early season strength, particularly against their Ivy League rivals. A total of 12 teams will take up the challenge of the Macdonald Cup, including Ancient Eight foes Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton.

Each player will work his way through 54 holes of play, with two rounds to take place on Saturday and a final round on Sunday. This will certainly be a challenge, given the difficulty of the Yale golf course. Designed by champion golfer and co-founder of the USGA Charles Blair Macdonald, the course is an exemplar of the early American golf course and has been voted the number one college golf course in America.

"Our last four finishes, from 2007-2010, have been second, second, first and second respectively," Sheehan said. "The team has obviously benefitted from the home-course advantage and I know they enjoy playing in front of the many friends and family who come to cheer them on."

There is extra significance to this year's competition: it's the 35th anniversary of the tournament, which began in 1976 as the Yale Fall Intercollegiate. As part of the festivities, renowned golf course architect Rees Jones '63 will be featured as the guest speaker at a tournament banquet on Friday evening. 

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