Bernstein, Willis Notch Up Powerful Season Opener
NEWPORT, R.I. — As the Yale men's golf team captured second place at the Sept. 17-18 Adams Cup, junior Sam Bernstein powered his way through the final round of play at Carnegie Abbey Tuesday to claim the individual championship.
"Sam has established himself as an elite player in college golf," said Head Coach Colin Sheehan '97. "He has improved each year and this performance is another milestone of his impressive career."
It was a blistering season opener for Bernstein, who finished with an Even score to win the outright individual honors. In outright second place was freshman Joe Willis, competing in his first competition for the Bulldogs, who shot +3 over the three rounds, the first two of which took place at the Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I.
"They all showed incredible poise the past two days," Sheehan said. "It was a joy to watch, especially Joe who is only weeks into his first semester."
Willis' opening performance bodes well for his future contribution to the Bulldogs; in the past two years, Bernstein and sophomore William Davenport have claimed the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award.
"I am thrilled to get the victory and equally excited for my teammate Joe, who played some impressive golf in his first college tournament," Bernstein said. "I cannot wait for our next event and am proud my team for going toe to toe with UCF, a team ranked inside the top 25 in the country."
Senior captain Bradley Kushner also shone in his leadership of the team, notching up +9 overall to finish in a tie for ninth place. Together, the Yale team finished with an overall score of +23, just one stroke behind tournament winner No. 22 University of Central Florida, which finished at +22.
"We played in very windy conditions and the key at both courses was to play smart and keep the ball in play," Bernstein said. "If you did that you could score out there."
In pulling together such a performance, the Bulldogs opened their fall account on strong footing, ready for the three remaining fall tournaments ahead. The second-place finish is one better than last year, when the Elis finished the Adams Cup in third place.
Next up, the Elis will return home to The Course at Yale for the Sept. 29-30 Macdonald Cup; there, the men's team will look to go back-to-back after last year's stunning victory at the tournament.
Then the Elis will then travel to the Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., for the highly competitive Oct. 13-14 Big Five tournament, before wrapping up their fall season with an Ivy League Matchplay tournament on Oct. 20-21.
Report filed by James Lu' 14, Yale Sports Publicity.