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Bernstein Advances to NCAA Regional

Sam Bernstein. (photo by
Sam Bernstein. (photo by

Bid Follows Ivy League Player of the Year Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After a season that saw him earn the Ivy League Player of the Year award, junior Sam Bernstein will represent the Yale men's golf team as an individual in the May 16-18 NCAA Regionals at The University Club in Baton Rouge, La.

Hosted by LSU, the 54-hole tournament features 10 individual golfers and several regional division-winning teams. Bernstein's bid to the competition comes just a week after his election to captain the Bulldogs in the 2013-14 season.

"I am so thrilled for Sam to receive a bid to Regionals. He definitely deserves such recognition for the outstanding play during the year," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "He is certainly capable of playing to the level needed to advance onward."

Bernstein and Sheehan will depart May 14 for New Orleans and make the transfer to Baton Rouge for a practice round on May 15. The tournament will run three days, with golfers playing through 18 holes a day. The par-72 University Club course measures 7,436 yards.

"I know he's going to practice as much as possible in the run-up for the event and it will be enjoyable to watch him compete alongside many of the best collegiate players in the nation," Sheehan said.

Bernstein enters the NCAA Regional tournament on the heels of a strong season that saw him unanimously voted Ivy League Player of the Year by the Ancient Eight coaches. He claimed 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. In addition, his sixth-place finish at the Apr. 26-8 Ivy League Championship earned him second team All-Ivy honors.

At the NCAA Regionals, the low-scoring individual not advancing on a team will move forward to the NCAA Championships in Atlanta. Golfers will tee off beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday May 16.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity