Seniors Honored at Annual Banquet

Bernstein, Gaudette Recognized

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Two seniors—captain Sam Bernstein and Sean Gaudette—on the Yale men's golf team received awards that recognize their achievements and their contribution to the team. The awards were presented Monday night at the team's annual banquet, which was held in the Captain's Room at Mory's. 

Bernstein, who led the team through one of its strongest seasons in recent years, received the Widdy Neale Award. The Widdy Neale Award goes to 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.

Under Bernstein's leadership, the team claimed victories at The Doc Gimmler and the Ivy League Match Play and posted second-place finishes at the Macdonald Cup, the Met Intercollegiate, the Princeton Invitational and the Ivy League Championship. Yale finished the season ranked No. 69—the highest of any Ancient Eight team since the NCAA went to the six regional format—and posted a 73-18 season record. 

Bernstein has also set an example through his individual performance. Over the weekend, he was named co-Ivy League Player of the Year after he tied for second at the Met Intercollegiate, tied for fifth at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, tied for seventh at The Doc Gimmler and the Macdonald Cup and shared ninth place at the Ivy League Championship. The past season, Bernstein was unanimously voted Ivy League Player of the Year, and in 2010-11, he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. 

Meanwhile, Gaudette received the Most Improved Player Award. He capped off his collegiate golfing career with an outstanding performance over the weekend at the Ivy League Championship, where he earned first team All-Ivy honors after sharing fifth place. This year, he also tied for eighth place at the Macdonald Cup and tied for 17th place at the Princeton Invitational and Yale Spring Invitational.

Monday's banquet also featured the election of junior William Davenport as the 2014-15 captain of the Yale men's golf team.

Although the Elis' regular season is at a close, they still might have more golf ahead of them this season. Yale is awaiting word on a possible at-large berth in the NCAA Regionals and will find out Monday. 

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

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