Kevin Stadler Named Pac-10 Golfer Of The Year; Ben Hayes Is Freshman Of The Year

April 29, 2002

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Kevin Stadler has been named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year and Ben Hayes has been named Freshman of the Year in voting by the Pac-10 men's golf coaches.

Stadler, a senior from Englewood, Colo., led the Trojans to their second consecutive Pac-10 men's golf title April 25-27 at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore. He shot a three-under-par 285 to tie for second place as USC won by 15 strokes (1441) over second-place Stanford (1456). It marks Stadler's sixth top five finish this season and fourth time in the runner-up spot. He leads USC with a stroke average of 71.25 and is ranked 14th in the nation in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Index, the highest-ranked Pac-10 golfer.

Hayes, from Paradise Valley, Ariz., fired a final-round 69 to lead USC to a four-under-par 356 in the fourth and final round of the 2002 Pac-10 tournament. Hayes shot a two-under 286 to tie for fourth place, matching his best finish on the season. His other fourth-place finish came at the Cleveland Golf Classic (March 4-5). Hayes has posted three additional top 25 finishes in his freshman year and also received All-Pac-10 honorable mention.

Complete Pac-10 Honors:

ALL-PAC-10 FIRST TEAM

Name School Yr. HometownBrock Mackenzie Washington So. Yakima, Wash.Chris Nallen Arizona So. Blairstown, N.J.Philip Rowe Stanford Sr. Cornwall, UKJim Seki Stanford Jr. Honolulu, HawaiiKevin Stadler USC Sr. Englewood, Colo.Peter Tomasulo California So. Long Beach, Calif.Dustin White Washington St. Jr. Pueblo West, Colo.

ALL-PAC-10 SECOND TEAM

Name School Yr. HometownRicky Barnes Arizona Jr. Stockton, Calif.Aaron Byers Oregon Sr. Albany, Ore.John Merrick UCLA So. Long Beach, Calif.Chez Reavie Arizona St. So. Mesa, Ariz.Jon Reehoorn Washington St. Sr. Burlington, Wash.John Robertson Washington Jr. Olympia, Wash.

Honorable Mention: Chris Carnahan, Oregon, Jr.; John Ellis, Oregon, Jr.;Ben Hayes, Fr., USC;Breene Murphy, UCLA, Fr.; Scott Oxandaboure, So.,USC; David Oh, USC, Jr.; Conner Robbins, Washington, Jr.; David Yarnes, Oregon State, Sr.

PAC-10 GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Kevin Stadler, Sr., USC

PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Ben Hayes, USC

PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: Walt Williams, Washington State

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