Mountain West Announces 2012-13 Men's Golf Awards

May 9, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West announced its 2012-13 Men's Golf All-Conference team and individual awards today as selected by the nine head coaches.  New Mexico senior James Erkenbeck was selected as Mountain West Golfer of the Year, while Riccardo Michelini of San Diego State was named MW Freshman of the Year.  MW Coach of the Year honors went to Glen Millican of New Mexico.

Erkenbeck is currently ranked 17th by Golfweek and 22nd by Golfstat. He has compiled eight top-10 finishes this season, including one tournament title at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas on March 8-10. Erkenbeck leads the Mountain West with a 71.31 stroke average over 36 rounds. He is the fourth New Mexico golfer to earn the award and first since Steve Saunders in 2008-09. Michael Letzig was the first Lobo to be named MW Golfer of the Year in 2002-03 and Charlie Beljan won the award in 2006-07.

Michelini was selected as the Mountain West Freshman of the Year. He is ranked 14th in the league in stroke average (72.80) and recorded four top-20 finishes this year, including a fourth place performance at the Mountain West Championship last week in Tucson, Ariz. Michelini is the second San Diego State golfer to be named MW Freshman of the Year honors. Matt Hoffenberg garnered the award for the Aztecs in 2007-08.

Millican receives his third career Mountain West Coach of the Year honor. His Lobos won four tournament titles this season and placed in the top five in 11 of 12 events overall. The lowest finish for New Mexico as a team in 2012-13 was seventh. The Lobos captured the Mountain West Championship last week in Tucson, marking their first league title since 2005-06.

Golfer of the Year
James Erkenbeck, Sr., New Mexico

Freshman of the Year
Riccardo Michelini, San Diego State

Coach of the Year
Glen Millican, New Mexico

All-Conference Team
Kyle Westmoreland, Jr., Air Force
Taeksoo Kim, Sr., Boise State
Rufie Fessler, Sr., Fresno State
John Catlin, Sr., New Mexico
James Erkenbeck, Sr., New Mexico
Gavin Green, So., New Mexico
Victor Perez, So., New Mexico
Tom Berry, Sr., San Diego State
Xander Schauffele, So., San Diego State
Kevin Penner, Sr., UNLV