April 29, 2010
A post-season interview with Coach Mickelson can be found on front page of website.
(San Diego, CA) - The West Coast Conference released their annual golf awards today and Torero coach Tim Mickelson was named the 2010 WCC Coach of the Year. In the midst of his 7th year at USD, this is Mickelson's third coach of the year honor and his first without sharing it with one of his peers. Currently ranked 27th in the nation (Golfstat.com), this season the Toreros have won five team titles and finished in the top-5 in ten of their thirteen events.
"While I am honored to be the WCC Coach of the Year, I feel this is an award for the entire USD Golf program," said Tim Mickelson. "My assistant coach, Cory Scoggin, works just as hard as I do and the players are the guys who performed so well this year. It is great to be recognized for our outstanding year. "
The Toreros, who recently finished second at the 2010 WCC Championships, also had three players named to the All-WCC team - junior Gunner Wiebe (Denver, CO), sophomore Alex Ching (Honolulu, HI) and first year junior Scott Brace (Suffolk, England). Wiebe became the fourth Torero to come away as the WCC Individual Champion after he carded a three-round even-par total of 216 (73-71-72) at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo, California. Ching, last year's WCC Freshman of the Year, earned his second straight All-WCC honor after placing 8th at the WCC Championships. Brace has been very consistent all spring while turning in three top-10 performances.
Torero team wins this year have come at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational, San Diego Intercollegiate, the USD Callaway Invitational, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Invitational, and the Fresno State Lexus Classic where they tied for first but lost in a playoff to BYU. Torero players that captured medalist honors include Joe Harrison (Kauai Collegiate), Kenneth McCready (San Diego Intercollegiate), Alex Ching (Mardi Gras Invitational), and Gunner Wiebe (Wyoming Cowboy Classic & WCC Championship). Additionally, USD competed in March at the Callaway Match Play Championships in Arizona. The 10th-seeded Toreros went 2-2 overall and defeated No. 7 Texas Tech and No. 1 Stanford to finish 7th overall out of 16 teams. Both Ching and Wiebe were a perfect 4-0 in their match play rounds.
The Toreros now await word from the NCAA on May 10th as to where they will compete in the 2010 NCAA Regional's (May 20-22). This will be USD's fourth trip in the past five years under Mickelson's watch. The six regional sites are Capital City Club (Alpharetta, GA), Warren GC (Notre Dame, IN), Carlton Oaks GC (San Diego, CA), Traditions Club (College Station, TX), Gold Mountain GC (Bremerton, WA) and The Yale University GC (New Haven, CT). This year's Finals will take place June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Last year the Toreros advanced out of the NCAA West Regional for the first time in program history and reached Nationals where they placed 13th out of 30 teams. They missed out by just 8 strokes from advancing to the Match Play format for the final eight teams.
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