Six Golfers Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors
BOULDER - The University of Colorado men's and women's golf teams placed six athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 teams, with men's golfer Sebastian Heisele earning first team honors along side women's golfers Taylor Doyle, Meaghan Kari and Julie Kim while Dominique Pytlewski and Emily Talley both garnered second-team honors on the team.
The CU women along with Kansas led the Big 12 with five golfers being honors on the teams. To qualify, golfers must have participated in 60 percent of its teams matches and attained above a 3.2 GPA for first team or above a 3.0 GPA for second team.
Heisele, a sophomore from Dubai, United Arab Emirates majoring in Architecture is third on the men's team with a stroke average of 73.94. He has two top 10 finishes, including a tie for fourth place at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic, when he shot a 1-over par 211. He took sixth in the fall at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational, shooting a 6-under 136 in the two round tournament.
Doyle, a freshman from San Diego majoring in political science has the unique distinction of being the only freshman honored league-wide. Players must have been on campus for at least two full semesters before being eligible, and Doyle redshirted last season and became eligible as a redshirt freshman. She ranks third on the team in the spring with a 77.47 stroke average and after the Big 12 Tournament; she will be in the top 10 in CU history for most rounds by a freshman.
Kari, a sophomore from Windsor, Calif. majoring in English, holds a stroke average of 79.64 and had her best finish at the BYU Entrada Classic, where she tied for 39th. Her best finish in relation to par was at the Dick McGuire Invitational, where she shot a 10-over par 229.
Kim, a senior from Vancouver, British Columbia majoring in business management, is making her third appearance on the first-team and she currently ranks third in her senior season with a stroke average of 77.44. Struggling through injuries this season, she will finish her career in the top 10 of most of CU's career records, including rounds played (94) and stroke average (76.59). Her three rounds in the 60s matches the CU career mark.
Pytlewski, a senior from Vancouver, British Columbia majoring in integrative physiology is making her third appearance on the second team, and is finishing out a stellar career in which she will reside in the top five of most of CU's records. She currently ranks second in CU history for stroke average with at least 100 rounds played, and she recently set a new standard for rounds played (125 and counting). She ranks fifth for best stroke average by a freshman and sophomore, fourth best by a junior and eighth best so far her senior season. She holds the CU record for most rounds under par in a season (nine, 2008-09) and in her career (13).
Talley, a sophomore from Napa, Calif. majoring in history is having a stellar season in which she has finished in the top 20 six times, including each of the last four tournaments. Her stroke average of 75.12 is on pace to be the second-best in CU history and she's already moving up the career charts. She's on pace to be CU's career stroke average leader and she already ranks second behind Pytlewski with 11 career rounds under par. She was the Big 12 Golfer of the Month for March and has been the CU Athlete of the Week twice this season, as well.
On the women's side, Doyle, Pytlewski and Talley will be joined by teammates Christine Kim and Stephanie Simich at the Big 12 Championships, set to begin Friday in Norman, Okla. The Buffs are coming off a second place finish at the Indiana Invitational, the best finish in the spring in three years.
The men's Big 12 Championships also takesplace Friday through Sunday at Whispering Pines Golf Course in Trinity, Texas.