Oct. 7, 2007
New Haven, Conn. - Taylor Hakes shot a two-round total of 142 (69-73) over the weekend to win the Macdonald Cup and propel the Yale men's golf team to second place out of a competitive field of 26 teams. Hakes is the first Yale golfer to win the Macdonald Cup since Bob Heintz '92 took home the first place trophy in 1991.
After shooting 69 on the first day to lead the field, the Coronado, Calif. native maintained his composure and managed to finish one stroke ahead of two TCU golfers, Travis Woolf and Tom Hoge, who both made late surges on the final day.
"Everyone on the team calls Taylor 'Shark,'" said captain Andrew Denenberg. "He's constantly moving around planning his next power move."
The victory was Hakes' first while at Yale. Before this weekend, his best finish was 5th place at the New England Division I Championship last April.
He also became the second consecutive Yale golfer to win a tournament this season. Last weekend, Lindsay Hong took first place at the Yale Women's Fall Intercollegiate, meaning that a Yale golfer won each of the two events hosted at the Yale Golf Course this fall.
At the Macdonald Cup, the Bulldogs shot 578 (286-292) over two rounds. TCU won the tournament with 573 (285-288), just five strokes better than Yale. All of TCU's golfers finished in ninth place or better.
USC Upstate took third place with 591 (295-296).
Yale dominated the other five Ivy League teams in the field. Dartmouth was the closest behind, finishing in fourth place with 602 (305-297). Penn and Cornell did not send teams.
The Bulldogs led the field in pars with 119 and in par 3 scoring, with an average of 3.28.
Led by Hakes, the Bulldog golfers all turned in impressive scores. Colby Moore and Thomas Mccarthy shot identical rounds of 71-74-145 and tied for sixth place. Ben Wescoe tied for 21st place with 78-71-149 and Brandon Marick shot 75-77-152 to tie for 40th.
Yale's second team also played well. Andrew Denenberg had an impressive 72 on the second day to finish tied for ninth place with 146 in a field that consisted of 137 individual golfers.
It was the captain's first time on the course this fall, after having not played at the Adams Cup due to a sprained neck. "The injury was a definite blow at the end of the summer," he said. "But I'm happy with how I played and that the team did so well."
The Macdonald cup is named after Yale Golf Course designer Charles Blair Macdonald. The course first opened in 1926.
The Bulldogs return to action next weekend on October 13 when they travel to Charlestown, R.I. to compete in the ECAC Division I Championship.
Report filed by Alex Kleiner '08, Yale Sports Publicity