Giles Tapped As Pac-10 Co-Golfer Of Year

May 1, 2009

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USC sophomore Matt Giles, a 2008 All-American who has spent much of this season as the top-ranked golfer among NCAA Division I players, was tabbed along with Washington's Nick Taylor as 2009 Pac-10 Co-Golfers of the Year, the Pac-10 announced on Friday (May 1).

Giles, a semifinalist for the 2009 The Ben Hogan Award, was joined on the All-Pac-10 first team by junior teammate Jamie Lovemark and sophomore Tim Sluiter. It was Lovemark's third first-team nod. Giles and Sluiter were both second team last year.

The only other Trojan to earn All-Pac-10 first team honors three years in a row like Lovemark was Sam Randolph, who did so all four years in school (1983-86).

Senior Tom Glissmeyer was tabbed All-Pac-10 honorable mention, marking his third career conference honor.

UCLA's Gregor Main was named Freshman of the Year while Washington coach Matt Thurmond was selected as Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Voting was done by the Pac-10 men's golf coaches. In addition, the 2009 All-Pac-10 Men's Golf Team selected by the coaches was announced.

Giles, from Sydney, Australia, has been a model of consistency for the Trojans all season. In 11 tournaments, Giles has posted top 5 finishes six times and has placed in the top 20 eight times. In 31 rounds of play, he has an average score of 71.4. Included was a low round of 63 in the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford.

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