April 25, 2008

Hernandez and Moore Earn All-Ivy Honors

April 25, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs took home a pair of All-Ivy honors after this past weekend's Ivy League Championship. Senior Joseph Hernandez and Junior Colby Moore each took home the award. Moore received the honor for the second year in a row, while Hernandez took home his first award.

The Ivy League awards its All-Ivy honors based solely on performance in the Ivy League Championship. The top finishers each year are awarded the honor (the number varies based on ties for the top places).

As a team Yale led the tournament after the first day, but a 315 on the final day left the Bulldogs nine shots behind Ivy champion Columbia. Still, the team's second-place finish was its best since winning the event in 2003. This also marked the third straight season Yale has improved its finish from the previous year, moving from seventh to fifth to fourth to second in that span.

Hernandez finished out his college career on a high note. After playing in five tournaments this year he ended with his strongest finish, fourth place at the Ivy League Championship.

"It was certainly great to finish my college career strong, but I won't lie that I feel a bit bitter to get so close and not seal an Ivy League victory as a team," said Hernandez. "I think as a team, the past couple years, we've dramatically improved and matured, which has helped to elevate us from the bottom of the Ivy League to being a top contender."

Hernandez averaged a round of 76.45 this year, but saw his lowest round (70, -1) last weekend.

Moore received his second All-Ivy selection in the last two years. He finished tied for sixth last weekend at the Ivy League Championship. Moore played in all eight tournaments for the Bulldogs this year, with his best finish a win at the New England Division I Championship.

"The All-Ivy award means a lot to me, as it is a culmination of my solid play all season," said Moore. "But, we were so close to winning as a team, and it is a shame that we did not play our best the final day. All in all, we still had a great year. We got our first team win since 2003, Ben Wescoe and Joseph Hernandez had their best finishes in their college careers, I was able to get my first college win, and we finished second in the Ivy League after leading through 36 holes."

Moore averaged a round of 75.36 this year, and shot his lowest round (70, -2) at the New England Championships.

Report filed by Charles Moore `10, Yale Sports Publicity