July 24, 2013

Bernstein, Kushner Named All-America Scholars

Former and Current Captain Honored

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Yale men's golf senior captain Sam Bernstein and 2012-13 captain Bradley Kushner '13 were named 2013 Division I All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America in Norman, Okla., on Wednesday.

Bernstein and Kushner were two of just 152 Division I collegiate golfers around the nation to receive the honor. To be eligible for All-America Scholar status, players must be a junior or senior, have competed for at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2. In addition, recipients must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at their college.

"I am proud of Brad and Sam for earning this honor. The award validates their serious commitment to academics and the golf team," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "And it should be noted they cleared the two hurdles—GPA and stroke average—with significant room to spare."

Wednesday honor comes as the latest in a series of awards and recognition for the two Elis and their performance on and off the course. Last month, Bernstein and Kushner were named to the 2013 Northeast All-Region team by the GGCA, Bernstein for the third year in a row.

In addition, Bernstein was unanimously voted the Ivy League Player of the Year by the Ancient Eight coaches this past season, adding to the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award he won as a freshman.

Kushner was one of 10 Bulldogs to earn Academic All-Ivy Recognition for his school pursuits. And for his leadership of the Yale men's golf team this past season, he received the Widdy Neale Award.

Bernstein and Kushner's outstanding record has been ably supported by Sheehan, who himself was named Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year last month, an award that he has won two out of the past three years.

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