Pac-10 Announces Men's Golf Honors
May 3, 2010
CO-GOLFERS OF THE YEAR: NICK TAYLOR, WASHINGTON, EUGENE WONG, OREGON
CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: T.J. VOGEL, USC, CHRIS WILLIAMS, WASHINGTON
COACH OF THE YEAR: CASEY MARTIN, OREGON
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Nick Taylor of Washington and Eugene Wong of Oregon have been named Pac-10 Co-Golfers of the Year, T.J. Vogel of USC and Chris Williams of Washington has been named Co-Freshman of the Year and Oregon coach Casey Martin has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in voting by the Pac-10 men's golf coaches. In addition, the 2010 All-Pac-10 Men's Golf Team selected by the coaches was announced.
Taylor, a senior from Abbotsford, British Columbia, was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive year after last year becoming the first ever Washington player to earn the honor. He becomes just the fifth player in Conference history to win the award multiple times. Taylor had an unbelievably consistent year with nine top 10 finishes in 11 tournaments this year, including top five finishes in five events. He is currently ranked the number three player in the country and the top Pac-10 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings and posted a winning record against every other golfer in the Pac-10. In 34 rounds of play, he has an average score of 70.7, including a low round of 64 in the opening round of the Pac-10 Tournament. In 25 of those 34 rounds, Taylor was even or below par, with 10 rounds in the 60s.
Wong, a sophomore from North Vancouver, British Columbia, had a breakout season for Oregon with eight top 10 finishes in 13 tournaments this year, including two victories, along with two second-place and two third-place finishes. The victories came at the USC Collegiate Invitational and the Western Intercollegiate. Only once in 13 events did Wong finish outside the top 20. Wong has a stroke average of 69.4 in 39 rounds of play, with 29 of those rounds being played at par or below.
Vogel, a freshman from Cooper City, Florida., has had a tremendous year in his initial collegiate season at USC, posting three top 10 finishes in nine tournaments this year, including a a pair of runnerup finishes at the USC Invitational and the Southern Highlands Collegiate at Las Vegas. Vogel is the top-ranked player on the USC squad that is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation and a first team All-Pac-10 selection. He has a stroke average of 72.1 in 28 rounds this year.
Williams, a freshman from Moscow, Idaho, won two tournaments and had five top 10 finishes in nine events this year. His victories came in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational and the Battle at the Beach in Newport Beach, CA. Williams also finished eighth at the Pac-10 Championships in helping the Huskies win the team title. He averaged 71.2 in 27 rounds this year.
Martin, in his fourth year as head coach, has directed Oregon to a stellar year that saw the Ducks win four of the 13 tournaments they entered this year and finish in the top four in 12 of those 13 events. The Ducks four tournament wins came at the USC Intercollegiate, the Oregon Duck Invitational, the U.S. Intercollegiate and the Western Intercollegiate. At the conclusion of regular season play, Oregon is ranked the number two team in the nation in the Golf World coaches 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:
|David Chung||Stanford||So.||Fayetteville, NC|
|Jesper Kennegard||Arizona State||Jr.||Kilppan, Sweden|
|Alex Shi Yup Kim||UCLA||So.||Fullerton, CA|
|Daniel Miernicki||Oregon||So.||Santee, CA|
|Eric Mina||California||Jr.||Fremont, CA|
|Nick Taylor||Washington||Sr.||Abbotsford, BC|
|Diego Velasquez||Oregon State||Sr.||Bogota, Colombia|
|T.J. Vogel||USC||Fr.||Cooper City, FL|
|Eugene Wong||Oregon||So.||North Vancouver, BC|
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