Chappell Earns Pac-10 Golfer of the Year Honors
May 1, 2008
Senior Kevin Chappell on Thursday earned 2008 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year honors and three other UCLA players also received all-conference acclaim.
Chappell became the fifth UCLA player to earn conference golfer of the year honors and the first since Duffy Waldorf in 1985. For the season, Chappell has won one tournament and placed second in three others, including the recently completed Pac-10 Championship which he lost in a playoff. Ranked among the nation's Top 5 individuals all season, he has averaged 70.9 and has played 27 rounds in 15-under par. In addition, he was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Month twice this year. In January he established a 54-hole UCLA scoring record of 15-under par 198.
The 21 year-old Fresno native is on the Watch List for the Hogan and Nicklaus Awards and was recently named to the U.S. Palmer Cup Team.
Corye Pavin (1979, '82), Tom Pernice, Jr. (1980), Steve Pate (1983) and Waldorf were the previous Pac-10 Golfers of the Year from UCLA.
Joining Chappell on the first team was junior Erik Flores, who has recorded one victory and five Top 10 finishes this season. Flores has averaged 72.4 over 29 rounds with a victory at the Cal State Bakersfield Invitational in March. As a freshman in 2006, he earned Freshman of the Year and first-team honors from the Pac-10.
Junior Lucas Lee earned second team honors after tying for 13th place at the Pac-10 Championship. Lee, a five-time winner at UCLA, has averaged 72.4 over 29 rounds with a victory at the Augusta State Invitational last month.
Freshman Philip Francis earned honorable mention acclaim after tying for 16th place in the conference tournament. He has averaged 73.1 in 27 rounds with seven rounds under par.