2009-10 America Sky Award Winners Announced
May 19, 2010
NAPERVILLE, Ill. - When teams don't see each other in competition more than once a year, it is difficult to compare and contrast scores and results, so that is one reason why there will be three individuals sharing Player of the Year honors in the America Sky Men's Golf Conference this season, commissioner Ed Grom announced today. When combining the national rankings from GolfStat and GolfWeek, Steve Bidne from Northern Colorado, Jake Katz from Binghamton and Grant Rappleye from Sacramento State distanced themselves from the other conference golfers and were voted tri-Players of the Year by the conference coaches.
Awards were also named for Newcomer of the year, which went to Kevin Kirakossian from Tex-Pan American, and Coach of the Year, which was won by David Sutherland from Sacramento State.
Bidne had five top-10 finishes this season, including an individual title at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational with rounds of 68-69-69. He finished the season with the third-best scoring average in the America Sky (73.75) and capped off the season with an 8th-place finish in the conference tournament.
Katz tied for second in five tournaments this past seaston - the St. Bonaventure Inv. (72-68-71), the Cornell Inv. (75-70), the Seton Hall Intercollegiate (71-74), the Lafayette Invitational (78-66) and the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate (72-72-74) - and finished fifth at the America Sky Championship. He established school records for scoring average and low round this season.
Rappleye led the America Sky in scoring average at 73.48 and had three top-10 finishes in 2009-10. He was perhaps the most consistent golfer in the conference as well with 22 of his 27 rounds this year being 75 or lower. He finished tied sixth at the Paulous Cougar Invitational (70-71-73) and the Braveheart Classic (73-73-71), and his best scoring event was the 69-71-71 outing in the Kua'i Collegiate Invitational in Hawaii.
Kirakossian, a freshman from Tualatin, Ore., finished in the top 10 in six tournaments this year, his best finish being a third at the UTPA Fall Invitational and a fourth at the Elkins Lake Golf Invitational. He capped off the season helping his Bronc team captured the National Minority Championship with rounds of 68-72-74.
The five members of the all-Conference first and second teams were also determined by a combined rankings from GolfStat and Golf-Week.