Rising Senior Finishes Tied for 59th
BATON ROUGE, La. – Rising senior Sam Bernstein, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, concluded competition at the NCAA's Baton Rouge Regional at The University Club Saturday. Bernstein shot a 76 in the third and final round to finish at 236 (+20), tied for 59th among the 75 players at the regional. Alabama's Scott Strohmeyer, who shot a 69 on Saturday, finished first with a three-round total of 212 (-4). No. 2 Alabama, one of 13 teams competing at the regional, finished with the best team score (868).
Bernstein's 76 on Saturday was a marked improvement from his 86 the day before, and almost as good as his 74 from the first round. His final round began on the 10th hole, and birdies on the 11th hole and 15th hole would prove to be his best holes of the day. That was the second time in the tournament that Bernstein birdied the 11th, and his birdie on 15 was one of just seven on that hole for the entire field on Saturday.
A double bogey on the 17th hole, and two other bogeys, left Bernstein +2 after the first nine. He made seven pars on his final nine holes to finish at +4 for the day.
Bernstein was one of 10 individuals golfing at the regional along with 13 teams. Teams and individuals that advance from the six regionals take part in the NCAA Championships May 28 through June 2 at Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Atlanta. The top five teams at each regional, and the top individual not on one of those teams, advance to the NCAA Championships.
Bernstein's appearance in the regional adds to Yale's rich tradition of involvement with national championships and regionals in golf. The Bulldogs have won 21 team titles, tied for fifth among all NCAA teams in all sports in terms of titles (Oklahoma State wrestling leads with 34). Bulldog men's golfers have also won 13 individual titles. The Course at Yale has hosted four NCAA Regionals (1991, 1995, 2004 and 2010) and is scheduled to host the 2015 Regional.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity