Mountain West Announces 2014-15 Men's Golf Awards


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West announced its 2014-15 Men's Golf All-Conference team and individual awards today as selected by the 11 head coaches. New Mexico junior Gavin Green was tabbed as Mountain West Golfer of the Year, while John Oda of UNLV was named MW Freshman of the Year. MW Coach of the Year honors went to Ryan Donovan of San Diego State.


Green is currently ranked eighth by Golfstat and 12th by Golfweek. He has recorded 10 top-10 finishes this season and has collected three individual tournament titles. Green is the third student-athlete in league history to earn MW Golfer of the Year in back-to-back seasons, joining UNLV's Ryan Moore (2004-2005) and Derek Ernst (2009-10). He is the fifth New Mexico golfer to earn the award. Michael Letzig was the first Lobo to be named MW Golfer of the Year in 2002-03. Charlie Beljan won the award in 2006-07, followed by Steve Saunders in 2008-09 and James Erkenbeck in 2012-13. Green leads the Mountain West with a 70.28 stroke average over 39 rounds.


Oda was selected as the Mountain West Freshman of the Year. He boasts a 70.48 stroke average and posted nine top-20 and seven top-10 finishes this season. Oda also captured one individual title year at the Sea Best Invitational Ponte Verde, Florida. Oda is the sixth UNLV golfer to be named MW Freshman of the Year.


Donovan led San Diego State to seven top-five finishes and two team titles this year, including the 2015 Mountain West Championship held last week in Tucson, Arizona. This is his third career Mountain West Coach of the Year honor. He also won the award in 2010-11 and 2011-12.


The 2014-15 MW Men's Golf All-Conference team consists of 10 individuals. New Mexico's Green and San Diego State's Xander Schauffele are both three-time All-Conference selections, while San José State's Cody Blick and UNLV teammates Carl Jonson and Kurt Kitayama earn all-league honors for the second time in their careers. Kitayama captured the individual title at last week's 2015 MW Men's Golf Championship, setting both the 36-hole (130) and 54-hole (202) records.


Golfer of the Year
Gavin Green, Sr., New Mexico


Freshman of the Year
John Oda, UNLV


Coach of the Year
Ryan Donovan, San Diego State


All-Conference Team
Gavin Green, Sr., New Mexico
Sean Romero, Sr., New Mexico
Sam Saunders, Sr., New Mexico
Nahum Mendoza III, So., San Diego State
Ryann Ree, Jr., San Diego State
Xander Schauffele, Sr., San Diego State
Cody Blick, Jr., San José State
Carl Jonson, Sr., UNLV
Kurt Kitayama, Sr., UNLV
John Oda, Fr., UNLV