May 1, 2008
Senior Kevin Chappell on Thursday earned 2008 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year honors and three other UCLA players also received all-conference acclaim.
Chappell became the fifth UCLA player to earn conference golfer of the year honors and the first since Duffy Waldorf in 1985. For the season, Chappell has won one tournament and placed second in three others, including the recently completed Pac-10 Championship which he lost in a playoff. Ranked among the nation's Top 5 individuals all season, he has averaged 70.9 and has played 27 rounds in 15-under par. In addition, he was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Month twice this year. In January he established a 54-hole UCLA scoring record of 15-under par 198.
The 21 year-old Fresno native is on the Watch List for the Hogan and Nicklaus Awards and was recently named to the U.S. Palmer Cup Team.
Corey Pavin (1979, '82), Tom Pernice, Jr. (1980), Steve Pate (1983) and Waldorf were the previous Pac-10 Golfers of the Year from UCLA.
With the selection of Tiffany Joh as the women's Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, 2008 marks the first time both UCLA teams have swept the individual balloting for the conference's golfer of the year.
Joining Chappell on the first team was junior Erik Flores, who has recorded one victory and five Top 10 finishes this season. Flores has averaged 72.4 over 29 rounds with a victory at the Cal State Bakersfield Invitational in March. As a freshman in 2006, he earned Freshman of the Year and first-team honors from the Pac-10.
Junior Lucas Lee earned second team honors after tying for 13th place at the Pac-10 Championship. Lee, a five-time winner at UCLA, has averaged 72.4 over 29 rounds with a victory at the Augusta State Invitational last month. Lee was a second-team all-conference selection in 2007.
Freshman Philip Francis earned honorable mention acclaim after tying for 16th place in the conference tournament. He has averaged 73.1 in 27 rounds with seven rounds under par.