BOULDER ó University of Colorado freshman Jeremy Paul has earned a pair of prestigious Pac-12 Conference golf honors, the first Buffalo to do so since CU joined the conference three years ago.
Paul has been named All-Pac-12 Second-Team as well as to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team; eight players are selected to both the first- and second-teams, while just five are honored on the freshman squad.
"Congratulations to Jeremy on a fantastic season and two great honors,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said. “The Pac-12 is the leader in collegiate golf and being on the second-team and All-Freshmen teams is no small feat. They are testaments to Jeremy's strong and consistent play throughout the season. He is a great representative of the team and the University of Colorado."
Southern California’s Rico Hoey was the only freshman on the first-team, and Paul was joined by just one other freshman, Washington’s Corey Pereira, on the second.
“Getting selected as one the best 16 players of the Pac-12 is a huge honor, especially because it's one of if not the best conferences,” Paul said. “It just feels nice to get this kind of honor, which tells me that I'm on the right path to become a really good player.”
Paul, along with five of his teammates, all contributed to the Buffaloes finishing fourth in the Pac-12 Championships this past Sunday, CU’s best finish in the three times in has competed in the event since it became a member of the conference on July 1, 2011. The Buffaloes will find out this Monday which one of six sites they will compete at in the NCAA Regionals, scheduled for May 15-17.
CU’s former conference, the Big 12, did not select a second-team or a freshman team; the last players honored as All-Conference were Patrick Grady and Derek Tolan, both in 2009.
Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers was the Player of the Year, while Hoey earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. The Coach of the Year accolade also went to Stanford’s Conrad Ray, as the Cardinal captured their first league title since 1994.