Bernstein Completes Day One at NCAA’s Baton Rouge Regional

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

Rising Senior Tied for 13th

BATON ROUGE, La. – Rising senior Sam Bernstein, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, shot a 74 in the first round on Thursday as play got underway at the NCAA's Baton Rouge Regional at The University Club. That ties him for 13th among the 75 players at the regional. Three players are tied for first at two under par (70).

Bernstein teed off at the first hole as part of a group with Jonathan Grey of Georgia State and Preston Stanley of Houston Baptist. He was two over par through the first seven holes due to a double-bogey on the second hole. After a bogey on eight, a birdie on nine left him +2 for the front nine.

Bernstein shaved off one stroke with a birdie on 11, but bogeys on 13 and 15 pushed him to +3. He got back down to two-over par by birdying the par-five 17th hole.

Yale's head coach, Colin Sheehan '97, is with Bernstein in Baton Rouge.

"With a strong wind and firm and fast conditions, the University Club at LSU is a very demanding test," said Sheehan. "Sam played very well after a double-bogey at the second hole. He would make three birdies -- including both par fives on the back nine. He played the long par-three 16, which was 220 yards into the wind and all-carry over water, and the long par-four 18 in pars, two of the hardest holes he would have played all year."

Play resumes on Friday with the second of three rounds. Bernstein, who is one of 10 individuals golfing at the regional along with 13 teams, tees off at 10:00 a.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity