Bernstein Elected to Lead Elis

Sam Bernstein. (photo by David Silverman,
Sam Bernstein. (photo by David Silverman,

Player of the Year Recipient

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Days after winning the Ivy League Player of the Year award, junior Sam Bernstein has been elected to captain the Yale men's golf team in 2013-14.

Bernstein's election was announced Tuesday night at the team's end of year banquet at Mory's. Several other players received awards at the banquet to recognize performance throughout the course of the season. Senior captain Bradley Kushner received the Widdy Neale Award while sophomore Thomas Greenhalgh was named Most Improved Player. 

"I have been very fortunate to have had a succession of marvelous captains: Colby Moore '09, Ben Wescoe '10, Tom McCarthy '11, Jeff Hatten '12 and Brad Kushner '13," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "I know for certain that Sam will continue that tradition of leading his teammates in a way that maximizes their potential on the golf course, along with providing a camaraderie that brings them so close together as a team."

Bernstein will take the helm of a strong team that just finished second at the Apr. 26-28 Ivy League Championship. There, Bernstein finished in sixth place and earned second team All-Ivy honors.

His season included several stunning performances: he took home the tournament medal at the Sept. 17-18 Adams Cup, tied for third at the Apr. 20-21 Century Intercollegiate and finished in fourth at the Apr. 13-14 Princeton Invitational.

For his efforts this season, he was unanimously voted Ivy League Player of the Year by the Ancient Eight coaches. That recognition followed a several other Ivy League awards in past years.

As a freshman, he was voted the Ivy League Rookie of the Year by the Ancient Eight coaches and made the second team All-Ivy. Then, in his sophomore year, he earned first-team All-Ivy honors after finishing in outright third at the Ivy League Championship.

Bernstein will succeed Kushner, who led the Elis to victory at the Sept. 29-30 Macdonald Cup, Princeton Invitational and Century Intercollegiate.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.