April 20, 2009
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Yale men's golf team finished fourth at the Caves Valley Spring Intercollegiate, while scores across the board were higher on Sunday. Yale (612) finished 17 shots behind winner Harvard (595), but only four shots behind second place team George Washington (608). Penn (609) rounded out the top three with Princeton (612) in a tie for fourth with Yale.
"Conditions were a lot tougher today than they were yesterday," said senior captain Colby Moore. "The wind was swirling and stronger and the pins were in a much tougher location. I think you'll see that scores across the board were higher, especially for us unfortunately. Putting was a big struggle for us. The greens were quick."
Moore led the Bulldogs again on Sunday, after shooting 69 (-2) on Saturday. He shot 76 (+5) on Sunday for a total tournament score of 145 (+3). The rest of Yale trailed Moore at a distance. Junior Ben Wescoe came the closest, shooting a total score of 153 (+11). He shot rounds of 76 (+5) and 77 (+6). Sophomore Thomas McCarthy finished right behind Wescoe with a score of 155 (+13). His told was obtained with rounds of 76 (+5) and 79 (+8). Senior Taylor Hakes and freshman Jeffrey Hatten rounded out Yale's team with scores of 162 (+20) and 165 (+23), respectively. Hakes shot rounds of 79 (+8) and 83 (+12), while Hatten carded scores of 85 (+14) and 80 (+9).
Yale's second-team finished in ninth place with a team score of 650. They were led by sophomore Michael Fader, playing on his home course. He shot rounds of 75 (+4) and 81 (+10) for a final score of 156 (+14). Behind him was junior Seve Gonzales and freshman Zachary Plutzik. Gonzales shot 163 (+21) with rounds of 81 (+10) and 82 (+11). Plutzik had an enormous Sunday turnaround. After shooting a round of 91 (+20) on Saturday he dropped 16 shots of his score to shoot 75 (+4). He finished with a total of 166 (+24). Sophomore Brandon Marick and senior Thomas Ginakakis rounded out Yale's second-team. Marick shot rounds of 86 (+15) and 85 (+14) for a total of 171 (+29). Ginakakis finished with a total of 175 (+33) based on rounds of 85 (+14) and 90 (+19).
"Last week the team played really well and finished second," said Moore. "This one we were a little further behind. We've been going back and forth with Harvard all year. But next week is the big week. It's what we have been preparing for all year. Last year we peaked earlier and didn't do well at Ivies. I think we are set to peak at the right time now."
The Bulldogs will have just a few days to get themselves ready to play at Ivies.
"We are still hungry for that win," said Moore. "That kind of focus is going to prepare us well. At this point, it is all about tightening things up. We are going to play a few links-style golf courses this week to try and simulate the course for Ivies. We'll hit the kind of shots we are going to need."
The Ivy League championships will begin April 24.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity