Pac-12 announces 2019 men's golf postseason awards
SAN FRANCISCO — Collin Morikawa of CALIFORNIA was named the Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Year, ARIZONA STATE’s Cameron Sisk was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and Arizona State coach Matt Thurmond was tabbed Pac-12 Coach of the Year in a voting by the Pac-12 men’s golf coaches. In addition, the 2019 All-Pac-12 Men’s Golf Team as selected by the coaches was announced.
Morikawa, who hails from La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., is just the second recipient of the Conference’s Golfer of the Year honor in school history, joining Michael Kim (2013). He posted top five finishes in nine of 10 events, including a pair of victories – The Farms Invitational (-13) and the Pac-12 Championship (-12). Morikawa is a semifinalist for the Hogan Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate golfer. Of his 31 rounds played this season, he has 24 rounds of 70 or better. He’s currently second in Golfstat and third in Golfweek/Sagarin. Morikawa boasts a 68.39 scoring averaging on the course and a 3.24 grade point average in the classroom as a business administration major.
Sisk, from San Diego, Calif., picked up Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors, becoming the third Sun Devil to earn the award (Alejandro Canizares, 2003 and Jon Rahm, 2013). Sisk posted six top 20 finishes, including a victory at the Sonoran Showdown (-13). He also nabbed a tie for fifth in a field of 80 at the Arizona Intercollegiate (-9). Sisk has a 70.96 stroke average over 10 events. He finished tied for 23rd at the Pac-12 Championships where he posted a score of 6-over.
Thurmond, earns his third Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor, but first at the helm of the Arizona State Sun Devils. Tabbed Coach of the Year while at Washington in 2005 and 2009, he becomes the fifth different Arizona State coach to have earned the honor. Led the Sun Devils to a second-place finish in nine of 11 events, including wins in four of the last five tournaments (John Burns Collegiate, Lamkin Grips Collegiate, National Invitational Tournament, ASU Thunderbird Invitational). The Sun Devils achieved a ranking as high as No. 2 this season and enter the postseason currently ranked No. 3 by Golfweek. Under Thurmond’s guidance, a pair of Sun Devils earned first team all-conference honors, another pair landed on second team all-conference, while Sisk claimed Freshman of the Year.
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
|Chun An Yu||Arizona State||Jr.||Taoyuan, Taiwan|
|Mason Andersen||Arizona State||So.||Chandler, Ariz.|
|Sebastian Crampton||California||RSr.||Pacific Grove, Calif.|
|Collin Morikawa||California||Sr.||La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.|
|Kaito Onishi||USC||So.||Bradenton, Fla.|
|Isaiah Salinda||Stanford||Sr.||South San Francisco, Calif.|
|Justin Suh||USC||Sr.||San Jose, Calif.|
|Brandon Wu||Stanford||Sr.||Danville, Calif.|
All-Pac-12 Second Team
|Alex del Rey||Arizona State||Jr.||Madrid, Spain|
|Kyler Dunkle||Utah||Sr.||Larkspur, Colo.|
|KK Limbhasut||California||RSr.||Loma Linda, Calif.|
|Cole Madey||UCLA||Sr.||West Linn, Ore.|
|David Snyder||Stanford||Jr.||McAllen, Texas|
|Blake Wagoner||Arizona State||Jr.||Cornelius, N.C.|
|Trevor Werbylo||Arizona||So.||Tucson, Ariz.|
|Edwin Yi||Oregon||Sr.||Beaumont, Calif.|
Honorable Mention: Devon Bling, So., UCLA; Ryan Gronlund, RSr., Oregon; Eddy Lai, So., UCLA; Issei Tanabe, So., USC; Daulet Tuleubayev, Fr., Stanford; Spencer Tibbits, So., Oregon State.
Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
|Yin Ho Yue||Oregon||Hong Kong, China|
|Sean Kato||Oregon State||Redmond, Wash.|
|Sean Maruyama||UCLA||Encino, Calif.|
|Cameron Sisk||Arizona State||San Diego, Calif.|
|James Song||California||Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.|
Honorable Mention: Charlie Reiter, USC; Craig Ronne, ORE; Daulet Tulebayev, Stanford
Pac-12 Player of the Year: Collin Morikawa, California
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Cameron Sisk, Arizona State
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Matt Thurmond, Arizona State
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