Big Ten Announces Men's Golf All-Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners
May 2, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten announced on Monday its men's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners with Iowa's Vince India taking home the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Purdue's Adam Schenk was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while conference champion Illinois' head coach Mike Small was tabbed Coach of the Year.
India closed the regular season as the eighth-ranked golfer in the country by Golfstat and the 13th-ranked player in the nation by Golfweek/Sagarin. The Hawkeye senior, who was also honored with the Big Ten's Les Bolstad Award given to the Big Ten player with the lowest stroke average to par, earned top-15 finishes in all nine of the stoke-play tournaments he competed in this season and took medalist honors three times. He also helped Iowa to a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, tying for 13th place individually. India is the second Iowa golfer to win the award and first since Brad Klapprott earned the honor in 1992.
Schenk earned top-three finishes in three tournaments and took medalist honors twice en route to Freshman of the Year laurels. The newcomer also tied for 10th at the Big Ten Championships to lead the Boilermakers. He becomes the first Purdue Freshman of the Year since Chris Mayson in 2000 and second overall.
Small collects his third-straight Coach of the Year award and fourth of his career after leading the Illini to their third consecutive and 10th overall Big Ten title. The Illini took the lead after the second round of the championships and remained in front through the rest of the tournament, winning by 19 strokes over the rest of the field. The award is the fifth in Illinois history after Ed Beard took home the inaugural honor in 1988.
The conference also announced its All-Big Ten teams, with Illinois' Luke Guthrie and Scott Langley, Iowa's Brad Hopfinger and India, Northwestern's David Lipsky and Ohio State's Bo Hoag earning first-team all-conference honors. Illinois' Chris DeForest, Indiana's David Erdy, Iowa's Chris Brant, Michigan's Lion Kim, Minnesota's Donald Constable and Ohio State's Brad Smith reeled in second-team honors.
The Big Ten also recognized 11 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
FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Vince India, Iowa
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES