May 29, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Three University of Arizona men's golfers were named to the Pacific-10 Conference's all-Academic team, commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday.
John Kostis, Tarquin MacManus and Nicholas Park were all honored by the league. Kostis was one of six student-athletes to earn first-team honors, while MacManus and Park received honorable mention kudos.
Kostis, a sophomore from Paradise Valley, Ariz., posted a 76.39 scoring average in seven appearances (18 rounds) this season. He has one top-20 finish to his credit and three of his rounds played were at par or better. Kostis' best finish was a tie for 18th place at the WNMU Cactus Thaw in February.
MacManus, a sophomore from Cairns, Queensland, Australia, led the Wildcats with a 72.35 scoring average and was been UA's top finisher in seven of 13 appearances. He has five top-10 finishes to his credit and 16 of his 40 rounds played were at par or better, including nine rounds in the 60s with a low of 63. MacManus claimed individual medalist honors at the 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional.
Park, a senior from Ithaca, N.Y., posted a 75.17 scoring average in seven appearances (18 rounds) this season. His low round was a 67 on March 20 in a dual match vs. TCU. Park's best finish was a tie for 31st place at the Anteater Invitational in March.
To be eligible for selection to the Pac-10 all-Academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant contributor. It marks the ninth consecutive year in which a Wildcat has been named to the all-Academic team, and the three honorees this season equals the most for the program since 1990.
The Arizona men's golf team finished the 2008-09 campaign with an appearance at the NCAA Championships. In 13 varsity appearances, the Wildcats collected six top-five finishes, including runner-up efforts at the Wolf Pack Classic, National Invitational Tournament and the NCAA Southeast Regional.
MEN'S GOLF First Team, School, Yr., GPA, Major Knut Borsheim, ASU, Jr., 3.89, Finance Jack Dukeminier, ORE, So., 4.00, Economics Nicholas Grisby, WSU, Jr., 3.55, Management & Operations John Kostis, ARIZ, So., 3.52, Journalism Tyler Simpson, OSU, Jr., 3.70, Construction Engineering Management Alex Williams, OSU, Jr., 3.65, HistoryMen's Golf Honorable Mention: Tristan Bierenbroodspot, ASU; Bo DeHuff, USC; Stephen Hale, CAL; George Gandranata, CAL; Tarquin MacManus, ARIZ; Nicholas Park, ARIZ; Diego Velasquez, OSU; Steve Ziegler, STAN.
Second Team, School, Yr., GPA, Major James Byrne, ASU, So., 3.39, Economics Dodge Kemmer, STAN, Sr., 3.23, Human Biology Jesper Kennegard, ASU, So., 3.24, Geography Daniel Lim, STAN, Sr., 3.18, Communication Tim Sluiter, USC, So., 3.41, Undeclared Nick Taylor, WASH, Jr., 3.13, Economics