David Laskin Named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year
SAN FRANCISCO – As he was teeing off for his team's quest for a conference championship on the final day of the Pac-12 Championships, senior David Laskin was named the 2021 Pac-12 Men's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year. He becomes the second Wildcat ever to win the award, following Alex McMahon who won in 2015.
Laskin has been a fixture in the Arizona lineup since arriving on campus in 2016 as this year's Pac-12 Championships marks his 53rd career event played for the Wildcats. The California native has posted eight top-ten finishes in his career and 19 top-20 showings. His career best finish was second place at the 2018 Huntsman Springs Invitational after shooting 11-under par.
The senior has been a key fixture of the elevation of the program, marked by its ascension to No. 1 in GolfStat's national rankings earlier this year. That elevation of the program during his career is also highlighted by Laskin's help guiding the team to NCAA Regionals as a sophomore and junior and definite appearance as a senior before the COVID-19 cancellation of the 2020 season while helping propel the program to new heights this season.
His athletic prowess is matched by his academic success as a Wildcat. Laskin is a two-time Pac-12 Academic All-Conference First Team selection and a Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll nominee in 2020. A student in Arizona's prestigious Eller College of Management, Laskin has a 3.75 grade point average.
Laskin and his teammates are competing for the program's first conference championship since 2004 on Wednesday as they began the fourth and final round of the Pac-12 Championships in first place by four strokes at 29-under par.