April 5, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs finished round one at the Yale Spring Opener with a score of 301, tied for thirteenth with the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Saturday. It is a close field though, and Yale is only seven shots off the teams tied for first: Drexel, Temple, and Cornell, who shot rounds of 294.
Junior Colby Moore led Yale with a three-over score of 73, placing him in a tie for 15th. Right behind him was sophomore Ben Wescoe with a score of 74. Freshman Thomas McCarthy and junior Joseph Hernandez shot scores of 77, and sophomore Seve Gonzales shot an 82 to round out Yale's team. Yale's individual competitors had a strong day. Freshman Brandon Marick led the group with a score of 74. He was followed by junior Thomas Ginakakis with a score of 76, senior Andrew Denenberg with a score of 77 and junior Taylor Hakes with a score of 79.
Yale's course was unrelenting during the first round, with only four players being able to muster scores of even-par or better. Zachary Vinal of Binghamton and Paul Haley of Georgia Tech were the only players to shoot in the red with scores of 68 and 69 respectively. Eric Plisko of Temple and Steve Ransom of Drexel both shot scores of even-par.
Yale was able to convert 12 birdies, the second most of any team, but struggled to make par, placing outside the top 15.
The second round will tee off Sunday morning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity