Bulldogs Bid Farewell to Three Seniors

Seniors Made Indelible Mark on Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Over the past weekend, the Yale men's golf team bid farewell to its three graduating seniors: captain Sam Bernstein, Sean Gaudette and Michael Lewis-Goldman. All three have left an indelible mark on the team, representing the Bulldogs at the highest levels both on and off the course.

During their time at Yale, the Elis have won an Ivy League Championship and posted several strong seasons. In the past season, under Bernstein's leadership, Yale finished in no lower than second place in northeast competition and claimed second place at the Ivy League Championship.

"It's no surprise that the team has excelled both on the course and academically during their tenure," said head coach Colin Sheehan '97. "They are each a credit to the program and the university and they will be missed by their teammates, the staff at the course and myself."

Bernstein, who received a BA in political science with distinction in the major, has recorded one of the finest careers in team history. In recognition of his achievements, at Class Day he was awarded the 2014 William Mallory Award at Class Day, an award given to the outstanding male varsity athlete from the class. A two-time Academic All-American, Bernstein won the Ivy League Rookie of the Year Award as a freshman and in the past two years, has been voted the Ivy League Player of the Year. He won the Princeton Invitational as a freshman, the Adams Cup as a junior and the F.A. Borsodi Student Championship three times. Over the summer, he will compete in as many Met section and national amateur tournaments as possible before planning to try the European Tour Q-School in the fall. 

Gaudette graduated with a BS in physics (Intensive Track), which distinction in the major. In the past two years, he has conducted research with two physics professors—Vince Moncrief and David Poland—in the sub-field of high energy theory, something usually not studied until graduate school. On the basis of that work—Gaudette was the only undergraduate working alongside the two professors—he co-authored multiple papers in academic journals. In the past year, he was accepted to physics PhD programs at CalTech, MIT, Princeton and Stanford and has chosen to attend Stanford. However, he will defer for at least one year, possibly two, to play competitive golf: he will play as many Amateur tournaments as he can this summer before trying the Asian Tour and the Web.com Q-Schools this fall. He will continue his golfing after ending his collegiate golfing career on a high: he was the low team member at the Ivy League Championship, where he earned first team All-Ivy honors.

Lewis-Goldman received a BA in political science. One of the longest hitters on the team, he also wielded a deft short game in which he displayed what Sheehan called the "hands of a surgeon" around the greens. A committed member of the Bulldogs, Lewis-Goldman's stand-out season was his junior fall, the highlight of which was the Big Five Invitational at the Philmont Country Club—in the back nine of his final round, he went eagle-birdie on holes 12 and 13 to move the team briefly into first place. During his senior year, he pursued his interest in aviation and logged a considerable number of hours towards his pilot's license. Though he interned last summer for J.P. Morgan and was offered an analyst position, he will return home to New York City and is deciding between offers from several leading Manhattan real estate development firms. He will live with Bernstein and another classmate.

In the past four years, the trio has been fortunate enough to play on some of the top courses in the world.

"I was asked recently to list some of the top courses the graduating seniors have played during the spring and fall seasons since their freshmen year," Sheehan said. "Once I started I just kept going."

The list includes Pine Valley, Merion, Seminole, Shinnecock, Winged Foot, National Golf Links of America, Augusta National, St. Andrews Old Course, Turnberry, Royal St. Georges, Muirfield, Kingsbarns, North Berwick, Prestwick, Royal Worlington, Rye (England), Swinley Forest, Elie, Torrey Pines, Riviera, Bel Air, Los Angeles CC, Maidstone, The Bridge, Newport, Baltusrol, Quaker Ridge, Trump Palm Beach, Piping Rock, Caves Valley, Miacomet, Aronimink, The Creek, Mountain Lake, Chechessee Creek, Old Tabby, Cherokee Plantation, The Dunes Club, Sakonnet, Yeamans Hall, Friar's Head, Peachtree, Sebonack, Rancho Santa Fe, Century, Old Oaks, Medalist, PGA National, Indian Creek, Augusta CC, Palmetto, and Streamsong Blue & Red.

"The team is very lucky to have so many gracious alums, along with the support of the athletic department, willing to help them experience so many prestigious venues," Sheehan said.

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

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