Pac-12 Announces Men's Golf Awards
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Eugene Wong of OREGON was named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Year, Patrick Rodgers of STANFORD the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, while CALIFORNIA coach Steve Desimone was tabbed Pac-12 Coach of the Year in a voting by the Pac-12 men's golf coaches. In addition, the 2012 All-Pac-12 Men's Golf Team selected by the coaches was announced.
Wong, who hails from North Vancouver, B.C., earns Conference Golfer of the Year honors for the second time, having earned Co-Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in 2010. He posted eight top-5 finishes this season, including a tournament record-setting victory at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. At the Invitational, he posted an 18-under 195 (65-63-67) to win by two strokes in shooting a career-low for a three-round tournament. Currently ranked No. 5 in the latest Golfweek individual rankings, Wong placed among the top five in each of the last five tournaments. His most recent finish was a tie for third at the Pac-12 Championships where he shot a 9-under 279 (69-68-69-73). In 34 rounds played during the 2011-12 season, Wong shot under par in 21 rounds with a 70.17 stroke average. It's the third time an Oregon player has been named Golfer of the Year. In addition to Wong twice earning the honor, Brent Murray was tabbed with the honor in 1978.
Rodgers, who hails from Avon, Ind., is the third Cardinal to earn Freshman of the Year honors. He made his Stanford debut a memorable one as he earned medalist honors at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. In fact, Rodgers finished the fall season as low scorer for the Cardinal in each of their four tournaments, posting top-7 finishes in each of those four tournaments. During the spring season, he was the top Cardinal finisher in four of six events, including his second medalist performance of the the year when he won the Western Intercollegiate. He was the top freshman finisher at the Pac-12 Championships, placing eighth with a 6-under 282 (73-74-65-70). Ranked No. 3 in the latest Golfweek rankings, Rodgers is a finalist for the Hogan Award, which honors the top collegiate golfer. Rodgers was recently named to the United States team that will compete in the 2012 Palmer Cup that will compete at The Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, June 28-30.
Desimone, in his 33rd year as head coach, led California to its first-ever Pac-12 championship. It's the second time Desimone earned league coach of the year honors, having been named Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. During the 2011-12 season, the Golden Bears finished among the top-5 in all 12 tournaments they played, including a school-record five tournament victories. The Bears, which feature just one senior on the squad, enter the postseason ranked No. 2 nationally in the latest Golfstat rankings.
The Pac-12 golf awards and the All-Pac-12 Team are voted on by the Conference head golf coaches. Following is the complete list of honors:
|All-Pac-12 First Team|
|Patrick Cantlay||UCLA||So.||Los Alamitos, Calif.|
|Steve Lim||USC||Sr.||La Palma, Calif.|
|Daniel Miernicki||Oregon||Sr.||Santee, Calif.|
|Cheng-Tsung Pan||Washington||Fr.||Bradenton, Fla.|
|Patrick Rodgers||Stanford||Fr.||Avon, Ind.|
|Chris Williams||Washington||Jr.||Moscow, Idaho|
|Eugene Wong||Oregon||Sr.||North Vancouver, B.C.|
|Andrew Yun||Stanford||Jr.||Chandler, Ariz.|
|All-Pac-12 Second Team|
|Pedro Figueiredo||UCLA||Jr.||Right Azeitao, Portugal|
|Brandon Hagy||California||So.||Westlake Village, Calif.|
|Max Homa||California||Jr.||Valencia, Calif.|
|Jeffrey Kang||USC||So.||Fullerton, Calif.|
|Alex Kim||UCLA||Sr.||Fullerton, Calif.|
|Michael Kim||California||Fr.||Del Mar, Calif.|
|Pontus Widegren||UCLA||Jr.||Danderyd, Sweden|
|Cameron Wilson||Stanford||So.||Rowayton, Conn.|
|Honorable Mention: Anton Arboleda, So., UCLA; Mario Clemens, Jr., UCLA; Anthony Paolucci, Fr., USC; Sam Smith, Jr., USC; Joel Stalter, So., CAL; Martin Trainer, USC; Andrew Vijarro, Sr., ORE.|
Pac-12 Player of the Year: Eugene Wong, Oregon
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Patrick Rodgers, Stanford
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Steve Desimone, California