April 27, 2014

Trio Win All-Ivy Awards as Bernstein Shares Player of the Year

Gaudette Earns First Team All-Ivy Honors

SPRINGFIELD, N.J.—Senior captain Sam Bernstein capped off a stellar collegiate golf career on Sunday as he shared Ivy League Player of the Year honors with Columbia's Brandon Jowers. Bernstein was also one of three members of the Yale men's golf team to earn All-Ivy honors for his performance at the Apr. 25-27 Ivy League Championship: senior Sean Gaudette won first team All-Ivy honors while Bernstein and sophomore Joe Willis claimed second team All-Ivy honors. 

This is the second year in a row in which Bernstein has been named Ivy League Player of the Year. Last year, he was unanimously voted Player of the Year by the Ancient Eight men's golf coaches after he won the tournament medal at the Adams Cup, posted top-five finishes at the Century Intercollegiate, Princeton Invitational and Yale Spring Opener, and finished sixth at the Ivy League Championship. 

This year Bernstein has posted similarly strong results while leading the Bulldogs, including to victory at The Doc Gimmler and the Ivy League Match Play contest. He tied for second at the Met Intercollegiate, tied for fifth at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic and recorded seventh-place finishes at The Doc Gimmler and the Macdonald Cup. In his final regular-season tournament, he shot 223 to tie for ninth at this weekend's Ivy League Championship; that performance earned him second team All-Ivy honors.

Gaudette carded 220 at the tournament, including a powerful second-round 69, to finish in a tie for fifth place, just five strokes behind the tournament medalist. Gaudette was awarded first team All-Ivy honors for that outstanding result, which adds to several other top-10 performances during the season: he tied for seventh at the Met Intercollegiate and tied for eighth at the Macdonald Cup.

Meanwhile, Willis ended the championship with 223 to tie for ninth, a result that earned him second team All-Ivy honors. That award aptly caps off a season in which Willis recorded three top-five finishes: he won The Doc Gimmler, tied for third at the Yale Spring Invitational and tied for sixth at the Princeton Invitational.

The trio of Bulldogs were instrumental in the team's second-place finish at the Ivy League Championship. Yale finished with 893, 12 strokes behind Columbia, who claimed the tournament with 881. 

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

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