Bernstein Wraps Up Second Round at NCAA Regional

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

Rising Senior tied for 62nd

BATON ROUGE, La. – Rising senior Sam Bernstein, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, shot an 86 in the second round on Friday as play continued at the NCAA's Baton Rouge Regional at The University Club. That leaves him at 160 (+14) after two rounds, tying him for 62nd among the 75 players at the regional. Florida's Tyler Vogel leads with a 141.

Three birdies on the first day had helped Bernstein finish that day just two over par, but there were none of those to be had on Friday. Bernstein teed off at the 10th hole. Bogeys on 11, 12, 16 and 17 pushed him to four-over par for the day and six-over par for the tournament as he finished his first nine holes.

Bogeys on the next three holes set Bernstein further back on his final nine. Pars on two of the next three left him eight over for the day, but the last three holes proved particularly costly -- including a four-over par on his second-to-last hole.

"It was a very difficult day on the course," said Yale head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "It was in the high 80s and a very dry, hot breeze was blowing. The course was becoming progressively baked out. Sam just didn't have his game. He had a few loose shots that cost him and at the tail end of the round, after fighting all day, he finished with a bogey at the 16th hole, a quadruple-bogey at the 17th and a bogey at the last. It was one of those days where the ball just wouldn't bouce the right way…a day every golfer knows all too well."

Play resumes on Saturday with the third of three rounds. Bernstein, who is one of 10 individuals golfing at the regional along with 13 teams, tees off at 9:30 a.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity