Xavier Duo Picks Up BIG EAST Men's Golf All-Conference Honors
May 13, 2014
BIG EAST Release - http://www.bigeast.com/sports/c-golf/spec-rel/051314aaa.html
CINCINNATI - Senior Yuki Kato (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) and junior Korey Ward (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) were two of 12 golfers named to the 2013-14 All-BIG EAST Men's Golf Team, selected by a vote of league head coaches. The All-BIG EAST team was announced by the conference office on Tuesday, May 13.
Joining Kato and Ward on the all-conference squad were Moritz Ackerhans and Jonathan Hewitt of DePaul, Ed McCrossen and Greg Podufal from Georgetown, Brandon Cloete, Patrick Sanchez and C.J. Swift of Marquette, Ryan McCormick and Dylan Crowley from St. John’s and Seton Hall’s Lloyd Jefferson Go. Two of the five unanimous picks, Kato and Ward were joined by McCormick, Jefferson Go and Crowley.
The Red Storm’s McCormick was selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Year, while Jefferson Go of Seton Hall was named league Freshman of the Year. SJU’s Frank Darby was tabbed as BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
Kato finished tied for second place at the recent BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship in Callawassie Island, S.C. After opening with a 5-over 77 in the first round of the tournament, he rebounded and then carded his low round of the event with a 70 (-2) in the second round. The senior wrapped up the tournament with an even-par 72, and finished with a 54-hole total of 219, eight shots out of first place.
A native of Las Vegas, Kato was XU’s second leading scorer in 2013-14. He finished his senior season with a 74.15 scoring average, compiled over 33 rounds in 11 events. He posted six top-25 finishes, including three in the top-10. His best finish came at the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship, where he tied for second place, but his second best finish came at the 2013 Badger Invite. Kato shot 219 (70-73-76), en route to a earning a share of eighth place.
Ward took home a share of 16th place at the 2014 BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship. He opened the event with an 81 (+9) in the first round, followed by a four-over 76 on day two. The junior saved his best for last and carded his best score of the event with an even-par 72 in the final round and registered a 54-hole total of 229.
A native of West Chester, Ohio, Ward was XU’s leading scorer in 2013-14. He finished his junior campaign with a 73.77 scoring average, compiled over 26 rounds in 9 events. He posted five top-20 finishes, including one in the top-10. His best finish came at the Wolverine Intercollegiate, where he tied for sixth place with a three-round score of 212 (71-70-71; -1).
Player of the Year
Freshman of the Year
Coach of the Year
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