Stanford's Yun named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
LOS ANGELES - Stanford’s Andrew Yun is the Pac-12 Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced on Saturday at the 2013 Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championships Banquet in Los Angeles, Calif. The award, which is presented in each of the 22 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes who are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
Yun, the reigning Pac-12 champion, has won two titles and recorded 16 top-10 finishes during his collegiate career. He was in the Stanford lineup for all 11 events during his freshman campaign, carding a 72.2 stroke average in 34 rounds of competition. He enjoyed two top-10 finishes that year, highlighted by a third-place showing at the Gifford Intercollegiate. As a sophomore, Yun garnered first-team All-Pac-10 and first-team PING All-America accolades after leading the Cardinal with a 70.6 stroke average in 31 rounds of competition and carding the five lowest rounds and three lowest tournament scores on the team. He competed in all 11 events and enjoyed seven top-10 finishes for the season, including a first-place finish at The Prestige at PGA West, and was named a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award. As a junior, Yun was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection and earned second-team All-America laurels after posting six top-10 finishes, including a victory at the Pac-12 Championships. He participated in 12 events last season (37 rounds) and carded the second-best stroke average on the squad (71.6). Yun is one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award, given annually to the collegiate golfer who best demonstrates proficiency on the course and in the classroom while displaying exceptional sportsmanship, integrity and character. He was a second-team Pac-12 All-Academic honoree in 2012. Early in the 2012-13 academic year, he took a leave of absence from Stanford to compete in the PGA Q-School, the PGA Tour qualifying tournament. Yun returned to Stanford for the winter quarter to complete his sociology degree. He has taken on a full winter and spring course load (18 units apiece) while posting two top-10 finishes, including a third-place showing, at the 2013 U.S. Intercollegiate.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award. A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball and wrestling.
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The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were established during the 2007-08 academic year. Other nominees included: Trent Redfern, ARIZ; Matthew Rawitzer, OSU; Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA; Charlie Hughes, WASH, Hank Frame, WSU.