Michelini Named MW Freshman of the Year
May 9, 2013
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State's Riccardo Michelini was named the Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Freshman of the Year, as the league announced its postseason team and individual awards on Thursday. In addition, the Aztecs landed two players on the all-MW team for the third straight year after Tom Berry and Xander Schauffele were selected in a vote of the conference's nine head coaches.
With his accolade, Michelini becomes the second SDSU men's golfer to garner top freshman honors from the MW after Matt Hoffenberg earned such distinction in 2008, while Berry and Schauffele received their first career all-league selections.
Michelini has maintained a 72.80 stroke average through 12 events this year, which ranks third on the squad and 14th in the conference. The Carpi, Italy native recorded four top-20 finishes during the regular season, highlighted by a fourth-place effort at the MW Championships last week in Tucson, Ariz., where he posted season-low score of 3-under 210 to help SDSU tie for second in the team standings.
In addition, Berry tied for sixth at the conference tournament for his team-leading sixth top-10 finish of the year. The Aztec senior owns the squad's best stroke average of 71.83, which ranks third in the MW. Berry, who hails from New Haw, England also captured MW Golfer of the Month honors last September after posting his first collegiate victory at the PING/Golfweek Preview to go with a fifth-place showing at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational.
Schauffele, meanwhile, has found success as well in his first season on The Mesa after transferring from Long Beach State. The SDSU sophomore leads the team with 12 rounds below par, including eight in the 60s, while his 72.11 stroke average ranks right behind Berry at No. 4 in the conference. An alumnus of Scripps Ranch High, Schauffele has five top-10 finishes to his credit, including a fourth-place effort at the highly competitive Western Intercollegiate last month to garner MW Golfer of the Week recognition.
The Aztecs, who are currently ranked 42nd in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin ratings, return to the course next week when they compete in the 2013 NCAA Regional Championships, slated for May 16-18, at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash. The top five teams and low individual not on an advancing squad will earn a trip to the national championships, May 28-June 2, at the Crabapple Course at Capital City Club in Alpharetta, Ga.
2012-13 Mountain West Men's Golf Honors
Golfer of the Year
James Erkenbeck, New Mexico
Coach of the Year
Glen Millican, New Mexico
Freshman of the Year
Riccardo Michelini, San Diego State
Tom Berry, Sr., San Diego State
Xander Schauffele, San Diego State
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
Kevin Penner, Sr., UNLV