April 13, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Yale is peaking at just the right time. After a disappointing finish at their own tournament last weekend, the Bulldogs (583) came storming back to win the New England Division I Championship by four shots over Binghamton (587). Sacred Heart finished in third with a score of 596. The most important names for Yale this weekend, though, were Harvard, Dartmouth and Brown. These three other Ivy League teams finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
"Beating all the Ivy League teams in the tournament gives us a whole lot of confidence," said sophomore Ben Wescoe. "We weren't too pleased with Harvard winning our own tournament last week, but we knew we were the better team. Every time we go out, we know we can win."
Individually, Yale dominated as well. Junior Colby Moore and Wescoe took the first and second place trophies, respectively. Moore (140) shot two rounds of 70 to finish the tournament in four under-par. Wescoe (143) finished in a tie for second, but he took the trophy for himself when he won in a playoff.
"I was hitting my irons better than ever," said Wescoe. "I really stuck them on the greens. If I had putted slightly better, I could have gone even lower."
However, this was not a tale of two players. Yale's entire team had a good weekend. Finishing behind Moore and Wescoe in tenth place was freshman Thomas McCarthy (149). Junior Taylor Hakes finished tied for 24th with a score of 154, and junior Joe Hernandez rounded out Yale's five person team in 26th with a score of 155.
"Our goal coming into this spring was to peak right around the Ivy Championship," said Moore. "We didn't have a great first couple tournaments, but we have been quietly shooting more birdies and lower scores. We've continued to improve a little each week and have been playing more consistently."
The Bulldogs will look to turn this momentum into a bid for the NCAA Tournament at next week's Ivy League Championship. The first round will tee off on Saturday, Apr. 19.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity