October 9, 2008

Yale Men's Golf to Compete at ECAC Championships

Oct. 9, 2008

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. - The Bulldogs head to Long Island this weekend to compete in the 2008 ECAC Division I Men's Golf Championships, where they will get a chance to take on last year's Ivy League Champions, Columbia. The tournament is hosted by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and is being played at the Long Island National Golf Course. Teams will play 36 holes on Friday, Oct. 10 and 18 on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The Bulldogs are coming off a strong weekend at home, after taking second in the Macdonald Cup. They beat every team in the field of 15, except for Oklahoma, a top 50 team in the country. In the list of teams the Bulldogs defeated were Ivy League opponents Harvard and Dartmouth, as well as a few teams the Bulldogs will be seeing again this weekend. At the end of the tournament, Coach Colin Sheehan was optimistic.

"No doubt this will boost our confidence as we prepare for the ECAC Championships this coming weekend on Long Island," said Sheehan.

Having already beaten four of the 11 teams the Bulldogs will face, certainly will help that confidence. Central Connecticut, Fordham, Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac all competed at the Macdonald Cup last weekend. The Bulldogs beat Central Connecticut by 47 shots, Fordham by 74 shots, Sacred Heart four shots and Quinnipiac by 54 shots.

The other schools the Bulldogs will face this weekend are Bucknell, Colgate, Columbia, Hofstra, Iona, Sacred Heart, Siena Monmouth, and Wagner.

Columbia comes in having beaten the Bulldogs in last year's Ivy League Championships by nine shots. The Bulldogs took 2nd place behind a fourth place finish from Joseph Hernandez '08. If the Bulldogs hope to beat Columbia this time around, they will have to play better than they did at last year's ECAC Championship. Last fall, the Bulldogs took 8th place losing to St. Bonaventure, Sacred Heart, and Dartmouth, among others. St. Bonaventure will not be in attendance this year, and Yale beat both Sacred Heart and Dartmouth last weekend.

The Bulldogs will get their shot at Columbia early, as they are paired with them and Quinnipiac for the first round on Friday. After Friday, the field will be repaired based on how they teams finished in the morning. The Bulldog squad will be made up of senior captain Colby Moore, junior Ben Wescoe, sophomore Thomas McCarthy, sophomore Michael Fader, and freshman Jeffrey Cartin Hatten.

The tournament is being played on the Long Island National Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. He is the son of legendary golf course designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. and is also a Yale graduate. According to Jones, "Long Island National takes its place in a setting of golfing wonders on the Eastern end of Long Island. It is a traditional heartland golf course, buffeted by sea breezes fresh of the North Fork, and playing across the open savannah landscape."

The Bulldogs will tee off Friday morning at 8:00 a.m., starting at holes 15-18. They will then be reseeded for the afternoon round, which will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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