2009-10 Men's Golf Team Honors Announced
May 3, 2010
BERKELEY - The Cal men's golf squad announced its 2009-10 team honors during the club's annual banquet held at the Haas Club Room on Sunday. Eric Mina was named the team's Most Valuable Player and also won the Coaches Award for his combination of quality play and leadership. Michael Weaver was selected the squad's Newcomer of the Year. Other honors were given to Brandon Hagy as the team's Most Improved Player and Stephen Hale, who captured the Ben Furth Award for academic and athletic excellence.
'Obviously, we've had a very good year and it's easy to see why each one of these guys has been recognized with the specific award they've been honored with,' said Cal head coach Steve Desimone. 'They have performed above and beyond their teammates in each of the award areas.'
Mina became only the second player in the history of Cal men's golf to win the Pac-10 individual title in the 51-year history of the event last Wednesday. He came back from four shots off the lead on the final day of the event to capture medalist honors and finished the 72-hole tournament at 16-under par with four consecutive rounds of 68 or better, including a career-best 65 in the opening round, to extend his current stretch of rounds of 68 or below to six.
The outing continued what has been an outstanding 2009-10 campaign for Mina, who is currently ranked No. 33 in the nation by Golfstat and No. 35 by Golf Week. Mina leads the Golden Bears with a 70.5 stroke average and is the only member of the team to have played in all 12 events and 36 rounds this season. In addition to his victory at the Pac-10's, he was also a winner of the Spartan Classic last September and leads the squad with five top-10 finishes. He has been the team's top golfer in seven of 12 events, including each of the last three. Mina's other honors in 2009-10 have included the Pac-10 Men's Golfer of the Month in September of 2009, as well as first-team All-Pac-10 honors and Golf World's Collegiate Player of the Week honors selection, both announced Monday.
'Eric has clearly been one of the best players in both the conference and the country all year, so his team MVP selection was pretty clear,' said Cal head coach Steve Desimone. 'In terms of the Coaches Award, it is based on both quality of play and leadership, which Eric has provided lots of each. The respect his teammates have for him falls in line with all of the other players who've been awarded with this honor in the past.'
Weaver has the team's second-lowest stroke average and is also fresh off an impressive outing at the Pac-10 Championship, tying for sixth at 10-under par (68-71-66-69 - 274). He has three top-10 finishes this season, also tying for second at the Arizona Intercollegiate to open the spring schedule and tying for eighth at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational to complete the fall campaign.
'Michael Weaver has had a great first season of collegiate golf,' said Desimone. 'We are hoping that this is just a sign of things to come.'
Hagy tied for 20th at the Pac-10 Championships in his first season at Cal with a two-under par score of 282 (66-70-74-72) during the second-best showing of his collegiate career.
'Brandon Hagy started pretty slowly this year, but he's kept getting better and better,' said Desimone. 'His performance overall, and especially here in the spring, has been outstanding. We've had several guys that have improved, but in every measure Brandon has improved the most.'
Hale has posted a 3.43 cumulative GPA as an Interdisciplinary Studies major and also been successful on the golf course. He has three top-10 finishes during his 2009-10 junior campaign, including a victory at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and a second-place showing at the Spartan Classic last fall. His top finish this spring was at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate when he tied for ninth. His 72.1 overall stroke average is the team's third-lowest in 2009-10.
'The Ben Furth Award has been an honor that combines excellence in school and golf,' said Desimone. 'Within a group of great student-athletes, Stephen is the one with the longevity and the greatest combination of the two. He certainly has himself in the position of being selected as an All-American scholar and earning Pac-10 All-Academic honors.'
NCAA Regional play will take place at six sites May 20-22, with team selections announced on May 10. The 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship hosted by the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga is scheduled for June 1-6 at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tennessee.