Bulldogs Welcome Two Freshmen

The Course at Yale. (photo by DSPics.com)

Duo to Bolster Yale Team After Highly Successful Season 

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—When the Yale men's golf team returns to competition in the fall, it will be joined by two freshmen—Will Bernstein and Henry Cassriel—with a wealth of energy and experience. 

The duo hails from the east and west coast of America and bring with them fine results both on and off the course. Together, the two freshmen will add to an already-powerful team led by rising senior captain William Davenport and head coach Colin Sheehan '97 that in 2013-14 posted one of its strongest seasons in recent memory.

Yale finished the season at No. 71 on the Golfstat.com rankings, the team's highest finish in recent memory and the highest in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs finished in no lower than second place at every tournament they entered in the northeast and claimed victories at The Doc Gimmler and the Ivy League Match Play. 

Those results reflect the strong golfers within all the team's current classes. The freshmen class of 2018 is no exception.

Will Bernstein is the younger brother of departing senior captain Sam Bernstein and like his older brother, hails from New York and attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. In his high school golf career, Will Bernstein has recorded several outstanding results that bode well for his college career.

He advanced to match play—round of 32—at the 2013 United States Junior Amateur, is a three-time New York State Private School Champion and won the 2012 Long Island Junior. In addition, Bernstein was the runner-up at the 2012 Met Junior, finished fifth at the 2013 AJGA Philadelphia Junior and has two top-10 finishes at the Carter Cup—eighth and 10th in 2012 and 2013, respectively—to his name.

Off the course, Bernstein co-founded the Harlem Children's Zone golf program and was a writer for the Fieldston News. 

Meanwhile, Cassriel comes to Yale from the Bay Area. Growing up in Orinda, Calif., Cassriel attended Miramonte, where he played freshman football and varsity tennis and volunteered at the Living With Loss program. 

He represented the Northern California team in their 2013 North-South Matches and was a four-year varsity golf starter at Miramonte, in addition to serving as captain three times. His high school career saw him earn Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) All-league honors each year.

Cassriel is a junior member at San Francisco Golf Club. In individual play, he has recorded three top-10 finishes in Future Collegians World Tour competition, including tying for first at Bayonet in 2012, tied for eighth at the California State Junior Amateur in 2012 and finished first in the 2012 high school Northern California sectional qualifier.

The two new golfers will replace the three seniors who graduate in 2014: Sam Bernstein, Sean Gaudette and Michael Lewis-Goldman. Although the freshmen have large shoes to fill, if their past performances give any indication about their potential, they will be able to contribute much to the Bulldogs in the years to come.

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

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