Oct. 3, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs will play host to 13 visiting schools this weekend when they hold the Macdonald Cup at the Course at Yale. The tournament will feature 36 holes on Saturday, Oct. 4 and 18 on Sunday, Oct. 5.
"The Macdonald cup, with 54 holes in two days, is really one of the great endurance tests in college golf," said Coach Colin Sheehan.
The Macdonald Cup is named for the Yale course architect, Charles Blair Macdonald, one of the pioneers of American golf and co-founder of the USGA. He was winner of the first U.S. Amateur in 1895, and later an influential architect, first building the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. He would also design Mid Ocean in Bermuda, Piping Rock on Long Island and St. Louis Country Club.
The course was designed by Macdonald in collaboration with Seth Raynor and Charles Banks. The course was opened in 1926, and is today recognized as one of the finest examples of early American golf course design with large deeply bunkered greens and narrow rolling fairways. The course has been the site of every significant state championship, two USGA Junior National events, the 1991 and 2004 NCAA Eastern Regional championships and both the men's and women's ECAC Championships. It has been voted the No. 1 College Golf Course in America and No. 45 of the Top 100 Classical Golf Courses in America. In 1988, it was ranked by Golf Magazine as 71st among the 100 most difficult courses in the world.
Joining the Bulldogs this weekend will be teams from all over the country. The most relevant competitors for the Bulldogs will be league schools Harvard and Dartmouth. Last year, Harvard finished fourth at the Ivy League Championship, 19 shots behind the Bulldogs. Dartmouth finished seventh, 30 shots behind Yale.
The other schools competing will be Binghamton, Bryant, Central Connecticut, Emory, Flagler, Fordham, Holy Cross, University of Oklahoma, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart and the University of Connecticut.
The Bulldogs have experienced success at their own tournament on the back of some home-course advantage. Last year, the Bulldogs took second behind Texas Christian University. Dartmouth and Harvard finished fourth and tied for fifth, respectively. Junior Taylor Hakes took first place, winning the individual championship trophy. He won with rounds of 69 and 73 (142). Senior captain Colby Moore tied for sixth with his own teammate sophomore Thomas McCarthy. Junior Ben Wescoe, the other returning player, finished tied for 21st.
This year the team will be led by Moore, McCarthy, Wescoe, Hakes and sophomore Michael Fader. McCarthy is coming off a successful individual appearance at the Gopher Invitational three weeks ago. He finished tied for 11th, behind some of the best competition in the country.
The weekend will begin on Friday afternoon with the annual Yale Golf Association Macdonald Cup College-Am. Teams of three will be paired with players from the Yale team. Later that night, the tournament's opening banquet will be held in the clubhouse. Former coach David Paterson will be the featured guest speaker. He will be joined by Yale singing group Something Extra as they perform a short set for the guests.
Play will then begin at 7 a.m. Saturday morning and continue throughout the day in order to finish all 36 holes.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity