Tomlinson Leads Trio of Utah Golfers Earning Pac-12 Recognition
SAN FRANCISCO – Junior Blake Tomlinson headlines a trio of Utah men's golfers to earn recognition from the Pac-12 today as the conference released its all-conference and all-newcomer teams. Tomlinson was named second-team All-Pac-12, while senior Mitchell Schow earned honorable mention and freshman Javier Barcos was named to the All-Newcomer team.
Their performance during the 2020-21 season played a large role in the Utes being announced yesterday as a qualifier for the NCAA West Regional, set to take place May 17-19 in Cle Elum, Wash. It is the Utes' first NCAA Regional selection as a team since 1992.
"I'm thrilled that these three were recognized for their fantastic seasons," said fifth-year head coach Garrett Clegg. "Overall, having three players recognized among the top players in our conference is quite an accomplishment. I'm really proud of these guys."
Tomlinson, ranked 81st in the most recent individual rankings on GolfStat.com, is just the second Utah golfer to earn as high as a second-team All-Pac-12 selection, joining Kyler Dunkle (2nd team, 2019). Tomlinson was Pac-12 All-Freshman in 2018. He has led the Utes this season, totaling 1,772 strokes while averaging a team-low 70.9 strokes per round. He has four top-10 finishes this season in eight tournaments, and nine-career top-10 finishes which ties for third-most on record at Utah.
"Blake won twice individually this season and was an absolute stud for the team," Clegg said. "He has been a huge catalyst for all that we do and helped propel our program forward."
The Salt Lake City, Utah native, captured at least a share of two tournament titles this season, winning the Pat Hicks Invite and tying for the win at the Thunderbird Collegiate. At both tournaments, he shot a 201, which is the lowest 54-hole score on record at Utah.
Schow ranks second on the team averaging 71.2 strokes per round, competing in seven tournaments with three top-10 finishes that included one top-five ranking. His lowest 54-hole score came at the Thunderbird Collegiate where he shot a 207, which ranked second in his career.
"Mitchell is our team captain and leader," Clegg said. "His consistently solid play, plus his demeanor and hard work, has made him a fantastic example to everyone in the program. I'm happy that he will be graduating with an all-conference honor that he deserves!"
Schow led the Utes at the Pac-12 Championships finishing in a tie for eighth, becoming the second player in program history to earn a top-10 finish at the Pac-12 Championships since joining the league. He shot a 281 (-7) through four rounds, which is the second-lowest score by a Ute at the Pac-12 Championships.
Barcos has shot 14 rounds of par or better, averaging 71.5 strokes per round. His best outing this season came at the Pat Hicks Invitational where he tied for third overall, shooting a career-best 207 which included a career-low round of 67 in the first round. Mandur shined at the Ping Cougar Classic when he tied for 18th overall with a season-low score of 211, the third-lowest 54-hole score of his career.
"Javier got off to a great start this season and to be counted as one of the top newcomers in the conference is something he can be proud of," Clegg said. "He, more than anyone in the program, has grown and matured the most through this whole Covid experience."