Pictured: Mark Pollak earned All-Ivy League honoers at the 2011 championships in Galloway, N.J.
GALLOWAY, N.J. - With four teams within seven shots of each other entering the final round of play, day three at the 2011 Ivy League men's golf championship was set up for a dramatic finish. But in the end, Yale ran away with the team title by firing a four-over par 288 on Sunday at the Galloway National Golf Club.
Yale senior Tom McCarty finished at one-under par 70 for the day's best round and spurred on the Bulldogs' championship winning round. With the win, Yale broke Columbia' s streak of three consecutive Ivy League titles, though the Lions did finish in second place at 76-over par for the tournament. It marked Yale's ninth Ivy League title and its first since 2003. By winning the Ivy Championship, the Bulldogs also earned the Leagues automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Championship field.
What the race for the team title lacked in drama was more than made up for on the individual side. At different points in Sunday's final round, Dartmouth's Peter Williamson, Penn's Scott Williams and McCarthy held the lead.
In the end, it was Williamson who carded a three-round 223 to win medalist honors for the second time in three years. With the win, Williamson became the seventh golfer to win multiple Ivy titles, and the first to do so since Princeton's Steve Dana won the second of his back-to-back titles in 1994. Williamson had the added honor of being voted the Ivy League Men's Golf Player of the Year by the League's eight head coaches.
The thirty-six hole leader, Williamson went out in one-under par 34, notching pars on his first eight holes of the day before recording a birdie at the par-5 ninth. But on the back nine, he bogeyed 10 and doubled 13 and 15 to drop to third place and posted a ten over par.
But then, playing in the day's final pairing, McCarthy made his move at the turn as he birdied the tenth and eagled the eleventh - just the second eagle of the tournament – to move to four-under par on the day.
"I really thought I lost it around 13 or 14 today with a couple bogeys and Tom [McCarthy] playing amazingly," Williamson said. "I didn't think I had the number today, the course is tough down the stretch, but I thought playoff at best."
But in the end Williamson did indeed have the number as the final six holes caught up with both Williams and McCarthy.
"It always good to win a golf tournament," Williamson concluded.
Other final day highlights included Andrew Kim of Columbia's eagle at the par-5 ninth, which was the first eagle of the tournament. He chipped in from 70-yards out.
After a stellar rookie campaign and a ninth-place showing at the championship, Yale freshman Sam Bernstein was voted the League's Rookie of the Year.
With the win, Yale advances to the 2011 NCAA Championship, which includes six regional sites where 54-holes of golf will be played on May 19-21. The top five teams from each regional will advance to the finals, which will be played on May 25-30 in Stillwater, Okla., at Karsten Creek.
The six regionals will be hosted by Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, San Diego and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Final Team Standings
1. Yale (306-314-288--908)
2. Columbia (319-307-302--928)
3. Penn (308-311-312--931)
4. Dartmouth (314-315-311--940)
5. Princeton (310-316-315--941)
6. Harvard (324-310-311--945)
7. Brown (318-316-318--952)
8. Cornell (330-317-314--961)
1. Peter Williamson, Dartmouth (69-78-7--223)*
2. Tom McCarthy, Yale (75-79-70--224)*
3. Brendan Doyle, Columbia (74-75-77—226)*
t4. Jeff Hatten, Yale (76-78-73—227)*
t4. Brad Kushner, Yale (77-77-73—227)*
t4. Scott Williams, Penn (74-74-79—227)*
t7. Michael Amato, Brown (74-78-76—228)^
t7. Clark Granum, Columbia (80-76-72—228)^
9. Sam Bernstein, Yale (78-80-72—230)^
10. Colin St. Maxens, Penn (80-77-74—231)^
t11. Andrew Jankowski, Dartmouth (76-76-81--233)^
t11. Mark Pollak, Harvard (79-75-79--233)^
* - First Team All-Ivy
^ – Second Team All-Ivy