April 20, 2008
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The Bulldogs struggled on the final day at the Ivy League Championship and relinquished their lead to Columbia. The Lions (900) played solid golf, shooting the lowest score of the day. They were able to gain back the two shots they started down to Yale (909) and nine more for cushion. Defending Ivy Champs Penn (916) rounded out the top three. Yale seemed to be sitting in a good position coming into Sunday, but the Bulldogsstruggled to keep that momentum, shooting 16 strokes higher than Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs finished with four of their five players in the top 15. Junior Joe Hernandez (225) started the day in fourth and, after shooting a round of 79, was able to hold onto it. Junior Colby Moore (226) could not maintain his low scores from Saturday and dropped from third place down into a tie for sixth. His final round of 81 was ten shots worse than the round with which he opened the tournament. Freshman Thomas McCarthy (228) and sophomore Ben Wescoe (230) finished in ninth and eleventh, respectively. McCarthy played consistent golf the whole way through, shooting three consecutive rounds of 76. Wescoe opened strong with a round of 72 and finished out the tournament with two rounds of 79. Junior Taylor Hakes (249) rounded out Yale's team in 38th place.
Columbia, who had not won an Ivy League Championship since 1999, won just its second title in school history. The Lions were lead by Clark Granum (222), Cashel Rosier (225) and Austin Quinten (226), who finished third, tied for fourth, and tied for sixth, respectively. Granum pushed Columbia through Yale with a final round low score of 72.
This year's individual winner was Michael Blodgett (218) of Penn. He was the first Quaker in program history to take home the individual trophy. Blodgett tied the course record Saturday afternoon when he shot a score of 67. That record was set earlier in the morning, when second place finisher Larry Haertel (221) shot a 67 to break the record previously held by three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin.
The Bulldogs' only chance at making the NCAA tournament now lies in an at-large bid.
Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity