May 28, 2013

All-Region Honors for Bernstein, Kushner

Bulldogs Honored by Golf Coaches Association of America

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two members of the Yale men's golf team, rising senior Sam Bernstein (New York, N.Y.) and Bradley Kushner '13 (Mendham, N.J.), have been named to the 2013 Northeast All-Region Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The GCAA made the announcement Tuesday.

This is the third straight year Bernstein has made the all-region team. This past season he was also named unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year, and he has been elected captain of the Yale team for 2013-14. As a freshman he was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and he has been second team All-Ivy League twice and first team All-Ivy once in his career.

This past season Bernstein advanced as far as the NCAA's Baton Rouge Regional, where he shot a 236 and tied for 59th among 75 players. His spring was highlighted by five top-10 finishes, including a high of tied for third at the Century Intercollegiate Apr. 20-21. Bernstein's fall season included a first-place finish at the Adams Cup Sept. 17-18, where he finished at par. His low round for the year was a 69 (accomplished twice), and he averaged 73.6.

Bernstein's appearance in the NCAA 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 (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.

In addition to his all-region honor Kushner, Yale's captain this past season, received the Bulldogs' Widdy Neale Award as the player who does the most to boost the morale of the team and who goes the extra step both on and off the course.  

Kushner had three top-four finishes this year, with his best being a tie for second at the Macdonald Cup Sept. 29-30. He finished third at the Princeton Invitational Apr. 13-14, shooting his low round of the year (a 67). He averaged 74.5.

Bernstein and Kushner helped Yale finished in the top two six times in eight tournaments this past year, including a second-place finish at the Ivy League Championships. The Bulldogs won three tournaments – the Macdonald Cup, the Princeton Invitational and the Century Intercollegiate.

A total of 155 players across six regions -- Northeast, East, Southeast, Midwest, Central and West -- earned all-region honors for 2013. That included just seven Ivy Leaguers, with Bernstein and Kushner accounting for two of those seven. 

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity