RENO, NV - For the first time in his career, Nevada men's golf sophomore Joey Vrzich earned a selection to the All-Mountain West team.
This is the second consecutive season the Wolf Pack has been represented on the all-conference team after former student-athlete Grant Booth earned the honor last year. Vrzich is one of 12 to be honored this season. Conference champions New Mexico, along with UNLV, led the way with three selections each.
Vrzich has put together a solid sophomore campaign that includes two individual victories. The El Cajon, Calif. native began his second season with the Pack with two wins and two runner-up finishes. Vrzich captured the title at the season-opening Badger Invite at 13-under par and also won the Nick Watney Invitational after he came in at 14-under par. Twice he was named the Mountain West Golfer of the Month and was placed on the Haskins Award watch list earlier this year.
Heading into NCAA Regionals, Vrzich leads the Wolf Pack in stroke average at 71.53 strokes per round, besting his average of 72.84 from last season. He has racked up five top 15 finishes overall and ranks second on the team with 110 birdies this year. During the fall season at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational, Vrzich turned in a career-low round of 61, which is one of the lowest rounds in the NCAA this season.
As for the major conference awards, Harry Hall of UNLV was selected as the league's player of the year. Oscar Teiffel of Colorado State and Sam Choi of New Mexico share freshman of the year honors, while New Mexico head coach Glen Millican earned coach of the year.
Nevada's season is not done yet as the Wolf Pack will compete in NCAA Regionals May 13-15 in Athens, Ga. at the University of Georgia Golf Course.