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Bulldogs Receive GCAA President’s Special Recognition

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

Honors Performance On and Off Course

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—The Yale men's golf team received the Golf Coaches Association of America President's Special Recognition Award for the second straight year. The GCAA made the announcement on Wednesday in Norman, Okla.

To be eligible for the President's Special Recognition Award, collegiate golf teams must maintain an average team GPA above 3.5. The Bulldogs recorded an average GPA of 3.64, earning them not only All-Academic Team honors but also the President's Special Recognition Award.

"I congratulate the players for earning this recognition yet again. It is a collective achievement and a reflection of the team's strong work ethic," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "They are as competitive and disciplined about their academics as they are their own golf games."

The Elis were just one of 10 Division I teams across the country to receive the prestigious award. Other recipients included Ivy League rivals Brown and Harvard.

Wednesday's honor comes just a week after two members of the team, senior captain Sam Bernstein and former captain Bradley Kushner '13, were named All-America Scholars for their exemplary performance on and off the golf course.

Indeed, the past season was a strong season for the entire team both in the classroom—as recognized by Wednesday's award—and out on the golf course. The Elis claimed victory at the Macdonald Cup, Century Intercollegiate and Princeton Invitational, and finished in second place at the Ivy League Championship.

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