Big Ten Announces Men's Golf All-Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners




May 1, 2013

The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the men’s golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners with Illinois’ Thomas Pieters taking home the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Teammate Thomas Detry was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Illini head coach Mike Small was tabbed Coach of the Year.

Pieters claimed individual medalist honors at the Big Ten Championships, leading Illinois to its fifth conference title, posting a 4-under 284 over 72 holes. Pieters is the third Illinois golfer in the last four years to win the award, joinging Scott Langley (2010) and Luke Guthrie (2012).

Detry is the fourth Illinois newcomer to claim Freshman of the Year honors and the first since Langley in 2008. The Brussels, Belgium, native posted a 72.24 rating through nine tournaments this season and finished tied for eighth at the Big Ten Championships.

Small earns his fifth straight Coach of the Year award and the sixth of his career after leading the Illini to their fifth consecutive and 12th overall Big Ten title. The Illini took the lead after the second round and won by nine strokes over the rest of the field. The award is the seventh in Illinois history after Ed Beard took home the inaugural honor in 1988.

The conference also announced its All-Big Ten teams, with Illinois’ Pieters, Indiana’s Brant Peaper, Iowa’s Steven Ihm, Northwestern’s Nicholas Losole and Jack Perry and Purdue’s Adam Schenk earning first-team honors. Illinois’ Brian Campbell and Detry, Iowa’s Joseph Winslow, Michigan State’s Matthew Moseley, Minnesota’s Erik Van Rooyen and Ohio State’s Boo Timko claimed second-team honors.

The Big Ten also recognized 12 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found below.


 

 

 

BIG TEN MEN’S GOLF ALL-BIG TEN, INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

 

All-Big Ten

First Team

Thomas Pieters, Illinois

Brant Peaper, Indiana

Steven Ihm, Iowa

Nicholas Losole, Northwestern

Jack Perry, Northwestern

Adam Schenk, Purdue

 

Second Team

Brian Campbell, Illinois

Thomas Detry, Illinois

Joseph Winslow, Iowa

Matthew Moseley, Michigan State

Erik Van Rooyen, Minnesota

Boo Timko, Ohio State

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Thomas Pieters, Illinois

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Thomas Detry, Illinois

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Small, Illinois

 

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES

Thomas Pieters, Illinois

Michael McGee, Indiana

Joseph Winslow, Iowa

Matt Alessi, Michigan

Dave Ellis, Michigan State

Robert Bell, Minnesota

Jordan Reinertson, Nebraska

John Callahan, Northwestern

Boo Timko, Ohio State

Jens Talbert, Penn State

Ben-Marvin Egel, Purdue

John Gullberg, Wisconsin