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Big West Men's Golf All-Conference

The Big West Conference office announced the 2018 men’s golf awards  and CSUN’s Felix Mory nabbed Big West Men’s Golf Player of the Year honors while UC Davis’ Thomas Hutchison earned Big West Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year.  UC Irvine head coach Paul Smolinski was named Big West Men’s Golf Coach of the Year.

Paul Smolinski (UCI), Felix Mory (CSUN), and Thomas Hutchison earn the highest men's golf #BWCHonors.

With an impressive 71.9 stroke average, Felix Mory paces the Big West Conference. The CSUN senior was the low Matador player in 11 of 12 tournaments this season and had six top 10 finishes and five top 20 finishes. In his last tournament, he finished seventh at the 2018 Big West Championship after carding rounds of 74-70-70 for a two under-par total of 214. Mory recorded six Top 5 finishes this year, with his highest placement of second coming at the GCU Invitational, March 16-17. Following a fourth place finish at a very windy Pepperdine Waves Challenge, Mory collected his first Big West Co-Golfer of the Month honor for the month of January.  His consistent performance throughout the 2017-18 season earned him an at-large berth into the NCAA Stockton Regional, his second consecutive postseason appearance, which he is set to compete in May 14-17. Mory becomes only the second Matador to receive golfer of the year accolades as Nick Delio grabbed the honor in 2011.

As a freshman, Hutchison competed in all 10 of the Aggies’ tournaments this season and placed in the top 20 in four of those events.  His best finsih was a tie for seventh at UC Davis’ home event, The El Macero Classic, which closed out the regular season. He finished just out of the Top 20 at the Big West Conference men’s golf championship, tying for 21st with a 4-over 220. Hutchison, who ranks second on the team with a 73.24 stroke average, becomes the second Aggie in three years to don Big West Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year honors.  He also isn’t the only one in his family earning top distinction in the conference, as his sister Samantha, who plays for the UC Davis women’s golf team, was named the 2018 Big West Women’s Golf Player of the Year.

Smolinski collected his ninth Big West Conference Men’s Golf Coach of the Year honor after guiding seventh-seeded UC Irvine to its first league championship since 2015 and eighth overall.  In an exciting finish that came down to the final putt of the tournament, the ‘Eaters narrowly secured the title with a one-stroke advantage over top-seeded UC Davis.  With the victory, UC Irvine advanced to the NCAA Stockton Regional, which is slated for May 14-16, marking the 14th time in school history the ‘Eaters advanced to the NCAA Regional and their first appearance since 2015.

A pair of UC Santa Barbara Gauchos - Brett Bennett and Nick Swanson - join Mory,  Big West Championship individual medalist Ryan Han (UC Davis), Derek Castillo (Cal State Fullerton), Joe Fryer (Long Beach State) and David Kim (UC Irvine) on the All-Big West First Team list.   The complete teams are listed below:

Big West Men’s Golf Player of the Year
Felix Mory, CSUN

Big West Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year
Thomas Hutchison, UC Davis

Big West Men’s Golf Coach of the Year
Paul Smolinski, UC Irvine

First Team All-Big West
Brett Bennett, UC Santa Barbara
Derek Castillo, Cal State Fullerton
Joe Fryer, Long Beach State
Ryan Han, UC Davis
David Kim, UC Irvine
Felix Mory, CSUN
Nick Swanson, UC Santa Barbara

Second Team All-Big West
Mark Cobey, Cal State Fullerton
Andres Gonzalez, Long Beach State
Thomas Hutchison, UC Davis
Matt Moomijan, UC Santa Barbara
Brandon Tsujimoto, UC Riverside

Honorable Mention All-Big West

Nick Cantlay, Long Beach State
Tanner Hughes, UC Davis
Jonathan Kang, UC Irvine
Martin Manalo, Cal State Fullerton
Tyler Moore, UC Riverside
Brandon Bauman, UC Santa Barbara