Another Celebration of the National Championship
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The two national championship trophies sat atop a table adorned with a blue tablecloth in a white tent with a backdrop of Frozen Four and 2013 national title banners. This was the scene on the tee box of the ninth hole on the world famous Course at Yale, and all 34 golf groups posed with the trophies and Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, before playing the famous hole during the Murray Murdoch Golf Tournament honoring the Bulldogs' first national championship.
The Murdoch outing is the primary fundraiser for both Yale hockey programs, and today marked unprecedented support financially and in attendance. It was only fitting that it happened on one of the most gorgeous days of the summer, one that highlighted the characteristics of the amazing course.
The bright sun also highlighted a fierce competition in the scramble tournament. The low net winning team included Kenny Agostino '14, Kenny Agostino Sr., Jesse Root '14 (also winner of the closest to the pin contest), David Root and Alec Root. The two rising Yale senior forwards led their dads and Jesse's brother to a score of 56 on the par-70 layout.
They edged Class of 1983 teammates Bob Brooke, Mark Crerar and Bill Nichols and former equipment manager Ed Maturo for the top score.
The low gross winners (55) were Steve and Dave Casley, Todd Ovolson and Ward Weischet. The team of Mark Arcobello '10, Sean Backman '10, Bob Jermaine and Bob Murphy finished second.
Other winners included Steve Harrington '80 for "closest to the line" and Troy Joncas for "longest drive."
The day also serves as re-union of teammates and friends going back many decades of hockey at Ingalls Rink. Even former Yale athletes in other sports participated in the outing.
Participants got a beautiful day in the sun, a top-notch golf course, a national championship celebration, a gathering of famous former Bulldog stars, a look at five current Yale skaters who took part in the outing and a chance to bid on some wonderful vacation getaways arranged by Yale Athletics friend Jack Curren.
"We are national champions," said Paul Castraberti '80, one of Allain's teammates who served as auctioneer and donated the big memorabilia prizes. "Enjoy saying that."
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
image: Brian O'Neill '12, Paul Castraberti '80 and Andrew Miller '13