Sam Bernstein has had a major impact both on the green and in the community during his successful Yale career. This past weekend, he led the Yale men's golf team to a second place finish at the Macdonald Cup in New Haven, finishing substantially ahead of Ivy League rivals Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn. Bernstein, also the founder of the Harlem Children's Zone Golf Program, is the latest Total Mortgage Athlete Spotlight of the Week.
Bernstein has earned All-Ivy recognition in each of his first three seasons with the Bulldogs. Last fall as a junior, he was unanimously voted Ivy League Player of the Year. Bernstein enjoyed a memorable sophomore campaign as well, earning first team All-Ivy recognition after finishing third at the Ivy League Championships. As a freshman, he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
This summer, Bernstein was named a 2013 Division I All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America, which was awarded to just two of 152 Division I collegiate golfers around the nation.
Off the course, Bernstein founded the Harlem Children's Zone Golf Program. Dating to 1970, the Harlem Children's Zone is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help address the systemic problems facing low-income residents of Harlem and the surrounding neighborhoods of upper Manhattan. Bernstein saw a great opportunity to take some of these kids under his wing by teaching them the game he loves. After many field trips and a trip to New Haven to see Yale's campus, Bernstein continues to make a huge impact in these children's lives.
Make sure to get out to the Yale Golf Course this weekend as Bernstein and the rest of his teammates play the F.A. Borsodi Student Championship.
Report filed by Nick La Testa '15