Crocker Named Pac-12 Freshman Of The Year|
May 1, 2015
Sean Crocker, who leads the USC men's golf team in stroke average, top 10 finishes and rounds in the 60s, has been named the 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and joins sophomore Rico Hoey as All-Pac-12 first team selections, the conference announced on Friday (May 1).
Crocker, from Westlake Village, Calif., provides the Trojans with back-to-back Freshman of the Year honors (Hoey won in 2014), and is the sixth Trojan to earn the award.
USC ninth-year head coach Chris Zambri has coached five of the six USC golfers who have been named Freshman of the Year. In addition to Hoey and Crocker, T.J. Vogel was co-Freshman of the Year in 2010, Matt Giles won in 2008 and Jamie Lovemark won in 2007.
Crocker leads USC with a 70.19 stroke average through 37 rounds, while posting 17 rounds in the 60s. He has finished among the top 10 in seven tournaments, including a tie for sixth at the recently completed Pac-12 Championships. He's currently ranked 33rd in Golfstat's head-to-head player standings, which is fifth among all freshmen.
"Sean has been an incredible player for us this year," Zambri said. "From our first event of the season to the Pac-12 Championships this week, Sean has played great golf. He will be a key player for us heading into the upcoming NCAA Regional Championship."
Hoey earned All-Pac-12 first team honors for the second straight year while Jonah Texeira joined Crocker on the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team.
Hoey is second on the team in stroke average (70.65) and rounds in the 60s (16) and has five top 5 finishes. He has finished outside the top 26 only once all season.
"Rico has played consistently great golf since arriving here at USC in the fall of 2013," Zambri said. "Rico is one of our co-captains this year and besides playing at a high level, he has developed leadership skills that has made us a better team."
Texeira is third on the team in stroke average (71.76) and rounds in the 60s (10). He has a trio of top 10 finishes and eight in the top 26.
"Jonah has been extremely consistent this year and has been a huge help in leading us to our top 15 ranking in the polls," said Zambri. "We expect Jonah to get better and better in future years, but in the short term, we will be relying on him to help lead to great things in the upcoming post-season."
Stanford's Maverick McNealy was named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Year and Arizona State coach Tim Mickelson was tabbed Pac-12 Coach of the Year.