Men's Golf head coach John Fields tabbed Golfweek Coach of the Year
June 14, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Texas Men's Golf head coach John Fields has been tabbed Golfweek's Coach of the Year, the publication announced Thursday. In addition, senior Dylan Frittelli and freshman Jordan Spieth were named Golfweek first-team All-Americans while junior Julio Vegas was named to the second team.
Fields was the architect of a Texas team that won seven tournament titles last season in addition to the program's third NCAA Championship and first since 1972. The Longhorns held the No. 1 national ranking all but two weeks during the 2011-12 season and boasted two of the top three players in the country in Spieth (No. 2) and Frittelli (No. 3).
Named a co-recipient of the 2012 Byron Nelson Award and a semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award, Frittelli totaled 11 top-10 finishes in 15 events this season. He shared tri-medalist honors at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate with Spieth and Vegas, and also finished as the runner-up in four events. Last month, Frittelli earned PING All-American honors for the third consecutive year.
Spieth led Texas with a 70.92 stroke average, marking the lowest by a Longhorn since Jason Hartwick averaged 70.87 in the 2003-04 season. Spieth collected his first of three medalist honors at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in October before finishing first at The Amer Ari and Morris Williams Intercollegiate in the spring. The 2012 Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Year was one of three finalists for The Ben Hogan Award and also earned PING All-American and All-Freshman honors.
Vegas picked up his first All-American accolade after a breakthrough junior season that included a victory at the Morris Williams and five additional top-10 showings. Vegas finished just behind Spieth (33-of-34, .971) and Frittelli (40-of-43, .930) with 37 of his 40 rounds played counting towards the team score (.925).
Justin Thomas, Fr., Alabama*
Jordan Spieth, Fr., Texas*
Dylan Frittelli, Sr., Texas
Patrick Rodgers, Fr., Stanford*
Chris Williams, Jr., Washington
Eugene Wong, Sr., Oregon
Blayne Barber, Jr., Auburn
Julien Brun, Fr., TCU*
T.J. Vogel, Jr., Florida
Daniel Miernicki, Sr., Oregon
* all-freshman team
Note: Teams determined by players' order in Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings