Irvine, Calif. - For the first time since 2002 and just the fifth time in program history, the Pacific golf team saw one of their own take home Player of the Year honors as junior Alex Edfort was named the Big West's top golfer for 2011-12. In addition to the overall honor, Edfort also was named to the conference's first team as he earned his second-straight all-conference honor. Edfort joins three other Tigers to earn the yearly honor as he puts his name alongside of Ken Earle (1983, 1984), Aaron Bengoechea (1988) and Jason Higton (2002).
Edfort took home his two awards in 2011-12 after winning the Big West Individual championship to cap a stellar junior regular season campaign. For the year, Edfort led the way for a young Tiger squad, finishing his regular season with five top-10 finishes and seven top-20 finishes. His win at the Big West Championships was the first of his career and was the culmination of one of the top individual seasons in program history. At the Big West Championships, Edfort tallied an impressive 203, -13 to win by five strokes over his nearest competition. His 203, -13 ranked as the third best tournament score in Pacific program history. Additionally, Edfort enters the NCAA tournament later in the month with a 72.00 scoring average, the single best scoring average in program history.
For Edfort, the win at the Big West Championships earned the junior a berth into the 2012 NCAA Regional tournament as an individual where he will ply his trade against the nation's best. Edfort was placed in the Stanford regional where he will play from May 17-19 alongside of fellow Big West champions, the UC Davis Aggies.
"It is great to see Alex excel to the next level," said head coach Brandon Goethals. "I am not only proud of him as a golfer but as a young man as well. He represents Pacific to the highest level."