January 8, 2013

Wescoe Wins President’s Putter

Former Yale Captain Becomes Second American to Win President's Putter

EAST SUSSEX, U.K. — Ben Wescoe '10, who captained the Yale men's golf team in 2009-10, clinched the President's Putter at the Rye Golf Club in East Sussex, England.

The President's Putter is an annual match-play competition between members of the Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society that has been held since 1920. In winning the event, Wescoe, who works for Robert A. M. Stern Architects in New York and played in the President's Putter for the first time this year, became the second American to claim this British competition. Wescoe did a one-year post graduate degree in the History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge.

Winners of the President's Putter receive a silver medal in exchange for their winning ball, which is then attached to a ceremonial putter by means of a silver band and a silver chain.

It was not an easy victory for Wescoe, who had to overcome tough competition throughout his eight rounds on the Rye course. In his final match, against Adrian West, Wescoe started off with some difficulty but managed to pull ahead between the 9th and 12th holes, winning three holes and going dormie on the 12th. He clinched the competition with precise putting on the 13th.

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