Pac-10 Men's Golf Honors Announced
April 29, 2002
USC'S KEVIN STADLER NAMED GOLFER OF THE YEAR;
USC'S BEN HAYES NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR;
WASHINGTON STATE'S WILLIAMS NAMED PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Kevin Stadler of USC has been named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, Ben Hayes of USC has been named Freshman of the Year and Washington State's Walt Williams has been named Pac-10 Coach 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 3-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-5 finish this season and his 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 4-under-par 356 in the fourth and final round of the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament. Hayes shot a 2-under 286 to tie for fourth place, matching his best finish on the season. His other fourth-place finish came at the Clevland Golf Classic (Mar. 4-5). Hayes has posted three additional Top-25 finishes in his freshman year and received All-Pac-10 honorable mention recognition.
Williams directed Washington State to Top-5 finishes in 11 of its 13 tournaments this season. The Cougars look to secure their first NCAA Regional appearance in school history when seedings are announced later this week. Under Williams' tutelage, Washington State spent most of the season ranked among the Top-30 teams in the nation. Along with their No. 17 position in the latest Golfstat rankings the Cougars are No. 26 in the Precept Coaches' poll and No. 28 in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll.
The Pac-10 golf awards and the All-Pac-10 Team are voted on by the Conference head golf coaches. Following is the complete list of 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 State 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 State So. Mesa, Ariz.Jon Reehoorn Washington State 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