O.D. Vincent and Erik Flores Honored by Pac-10
May 5, 2006
UCLA head men's golf coach O.D. Vincent has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in voting by the Pac-10 men's golf coaches. It is second selection as UCLA coach and the third time in his career. In addition, Bruin Erik Flores has been named Freshman of the Year. Alejandro Canizares of Arizona State and Rob Grube of Stanford have been named Pac-10 Co-Golfers of the Year.
In addition, five Bruins earned All-Pac-10 recognition. Flores and sophomore Daniel Im earned first-team honors. Junior Chris Heintz was named to the second team while sophomore Kevin Chappell and freshman Lucas Lee earned honorable mention status.
Vincent directed a young UCLA squad to the Pac-10 Championship, the Bruins' second league title in his four years at the helm. UCLA won an astounding 11 team championships this season. In addition to the Pac-10 Championships, the Bruin team titles included the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, the National Invitational Tournament, the U.S. Intercollegiate, The Prestige at PGA WEST and the Corde Valle Collegiate. Vincent, who won the Pac-10 Championship as a player with Washington in 1988, was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the third time, having previously been selected in 2003 at UCLA and 1999 while coaching Washington.
Flores, from Grass Valley, CA, burst on the scene with seven top 10 finishes in 10 events as a freshman, including six finishes in the top three. He posted a stroke average of 72.10 in tournament play with nine of 30 rounds under 70.
ALL-PAC-10 FIRST TEAMName School Yr. HometownAlejandro Canizares Arizona State Sr. Manilva, SpainErik Flores UCLA Fr. Grass Valley, CARob Grube Stanford So. Hinsdale, ILDaniel Im UCLA So. Fullerton, CANiklas Lemke Arizona State Jr. Linkoping, SwedenAlex Prugh Washington Jr. Spokane, WA
ALL-PAC-10 SECOND TEAMName School Yr. HometownBenjamin Alvarado Arizona State Fr. Santiago, ChileChris Heintz UCLA Jr. Brea, CAJames Lepp Washington Sr. Abbotsford, B.C.Henry Liaw Arizona Jr. Rowland Heights, CAZack Miller Stanford Jr. San Rafael, CATaylor Wood USC Sr. Laguna Niguel, CA
Honorable Mention: Kevin Chappell, So., UCLA; Josh Esler, Jr., ARIZ; Ben Fox, Fr., ARIZ; Dodge Kemmer, Fr., STAN; Lucas Lee, Fr., UCLA; Tyler Ley, Sr., USC; Jordan Nasser, Jr., USC; Erik Olson, Jr., WASH; Ryan Witz, Sr., WSU; Joshua Wooding, Jr., USC.
PAC-10 CO-GOLFERS OF THE YEAR: Alejandro Canizares, Sr., Arizona State; Rob Grube, So., StanfordPAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Erik Flores, UCLAPAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: O.D. Vincent, UCLA