October 12, 2013

Bernstein Captures Third Borsodi Championship

One Stroke Victory Over Gaudette 

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Senior captain Sam Bernstein won the F.A. Borsodi Student Championship for the third time in four years on Sunday. The Yale men's golf team's inter-squad scrimmage competition was played over two rounds on Oct. 12-13, with the first taking placing at the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn., and the second at the Winged Foot West in Mamaroneck, N.Y. 

Bernstein carded rounds of 72-75 to claim the championship with 147. He was just one stroke ahead of fellow senior Sean Gaudette, who shot 68-80 to finish in second place.

Freshmen Jonathan Lai and Li Wang tied for third, with rounds of 74-75 and 73-76, respectively.

All the Yale golfers found the weekend's scrimmage a good opportunity to brush up for the season ahead on two world-class courses. The site of first round, the Yale Golf Course is one of six sites nationwide selected to host the regional playoffs for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship.

Meanwhile, the Winged Foot West course has a reputation as one of the most challenges courses in championship golf and has played host to numerous national championships, most recently the 2006 U.S. Open. 

"It was 'U.S. Open' conditions on Saturday as the greens were lightning quick," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "Sam Bernstein made an improbable 50-foot putt on the last hole to nip Sean by one stroke."

"Sam was the first freshmen in tournament history to win this event and he's now the first three time winner. With the talent and depth on this roster in recent years, that's no small feat," Sheehan added.

The only year Bernstein did not win the Borsodi Student Championship—his sophomore year—he lost on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to Russell Holmes '13.

Next up for the Elis is the Oct. 19-20 Ivy League Matchplay, which will take place at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. 

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

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