Oregon sweeps Pac-12 Men's Golf honors

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SAN FRANCISCO — Wyndham Clark of OREGON was named the Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Year, teammate Norman Xiong was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and OREGON coach Casey Martin was tabbed Pac-12 Coach of the Year in a voting by the Pac-12 men’s golf coaches. In addition, the 2017 All-Pac-12 Men’s Golf Team as selected by the coaches was announced.

Clark, who hails from Denver, Colo., becomes just the third men’s golfer in school history to earn the Conference honor, joining Brent Murray (1978) and Eugene Wong (2010, 2012). He posted top 10 finishes in 10 of 11 events played this season, included top three finishes in seven events. Clark stood atop the leaderboard three times this season with wins at the Arizona Intercollegiate, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate and the recently completed Pac-12 Championships. A finalist for the Hogan Award given annually to the nation’s top collegiate golfer, Clark currently leads the nation in stroke average (69.45). He shot 69 or better in 18 of 28 rounds played this season, including all three rounds of the Pac-12 Championship – the only player in the field to accomplish that feat.

Xiong, from Canyon Lake, Calif., not only earned Freshman of the Year honors, but also was a first team all-conference selection. He becomes the first Duck to be tabbed Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Xiong had six top 10 finishes in eight events this season for the Ducks with his best finish coming in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate where he finished tied for medalist honors with teammate Wyndham Clark. He posted eight rounds in the 60s, including a final round 69 at the Pac-12 Championships where he finished tied for 14th to help the Ducks capture the Pac-12 title. He’s currently ranked 19th in Golfstat scoring average (70.38), which is second among all freshmen.

Martin, earns his second Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor (also in 2010). He joins Scott Nosler (1997), Scott Kreiger (1985), and Jim Ferguson (1976, 1977) as the only other Oregon coaches to have earned the honor. In his 11th year as head coach, he has guided the Ducks to their first Pac-12 title since Oregon won the North Division crown in 1977, and their first outright league title since 1959. Currently ranked No. 9 by Golfweek, Oregon has posted a top five finish in all 11 events this season under Martin, including victories in five of the last eight tournaments. During the 2016-17 season, Martin has mentored Pac-12 Golfer of the Year Wyndham Clark and Freshman of the Year Norman Xiong, both first team all-conference selections, as well as second team members Ryan Gronlund and Edwin Yi.

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

Name                                       School                              Year           Hometown
Wyndham Clark                       Oregon                               Sr.              Denver, Colo.
Sean Crocker                           USC                                   Jr.              Westlake Village, Calif.
Rico Hoey                                 USC                                   Sr.              Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Maverick McNealy                    Stanford                             Sr.              Portola Valley, Calif.
Collin Morikawa                        California                           So.             La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.
Justin Suh                                 USC                                   So.             San Jose, Calif.    
Jared du Toit                             Arizona State                     Sr.              Kimberley, British Columbia
Norman Xiong                           Oregon                              Fr.              Canyon Lake, Calif.

All-Pac-12 Second Team

Name                                        School                             Year           Hometown
Ryan Gronlund                          Oregon                              RSo.           Pleasanton, Calif.
Franklin Huang                         Stanford                             Jr.              Poway, Calif.
Corey Pereira                           Washington                        Sr.              Cameron Park, Calif.
Brandon Wu                              Stanford                             So.             Danville, Calif.
Edwin Yi                                     Oregon                              So.             Beaumont, Calif.
Hidetoshi Yoshihara                  UCLA                                 Fr.              Irvine, Calif.
Chun An Yu                               Arizona State                     Fr.              Taoyuan, Taiwan
Carl Yuan                                  Washington                        So.             Orlando, Fla.

Honorable Mention: Viraat Badhwar, Sr., STAN; Tyler Collier, Jr., UCLA; Ethan Freeman, Sr., COLO; Cheng Jin, Fr., USC; Cole Madey, So., UCLA; Isaiah Salinda, So., STAN; Jonah Texeira, Jr., USC.

Pac-12 All-Freshman Team

Name                                        School                               Year           Hometown
Cheng Jin                                  USC                                   Fr.              Beijing, China
Alex Del Rey Gonzalez              Arizona State                     Fr.              Madrid, Spain
Norman Xiong                           Oregon                              Fr.              Canyon Lake, Calif.
Hidetoshi Yoshihara                  UCLA                                 Fr.              Irvine, Calif.
Chun An Yu                               Arizona State                     Fr.              Taoyuan, Taiwan

Honorable Mention: Henry Lee, Washington.

Pac-12 Player of the Year: Wyndham Clark, Oregon
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Norman Xiong, Oregon
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Casey Martin, Oregon

* It’s the third time a school has swept all three honors. Arizona accomplished the feat in 2004, UCLA in 2011.

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