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For Immediate Release: May 20, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU golf standout Katz selected as America Sky tri-Player of Year
Junior sets new school-record with 73.6 scoring average

Conference Release

VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton junior golfer Jake Katz has been honored by the America Sky Conference as its tri-Player of the Year, the league announced on Thursday. Katz joins Grant Rappleye (Sacramento State) and Steve Bidne (Northern Colorado) as the top award-winners for the 2009-10 season. The conference also honored its Newcomer of the Year (Kevin Kirakossian, Texas-Pan American), Coach of the Year (David Sutherland, Sacramento State) and first and second team all-conference members. Katz was on the five-member first team.

Katz set a new school-record with his 73.6 scoring average in 11 tournaments for the Bearcats. He placed in the top-5 in seven events, including five runnerup finishes.

He made school history in early April by shooting a 6-under 66 at the Lafayette Invitational, giving him the program's lowest 18-hole score and its lowest season average. He placed second in a field of 150 golfers at Lafayette and closed out the spring with strong showings at the America Sky Championship (5th place) and the Virginia Classic (3rd of 68).

"This is a well deserved award for Jake," head coach Bernie Herceg said. "He has seperated himself as one of the best golfers to attend BU and he's on pace to be the best. He's elevated his game and has become a top player in our conference and in the Northeast. Jake has a great attitude and work ethic as he excels at both his academics and golf. He's always striving to get better and improve his game to the next level. I'm very proud of Jake and the leader that he's become."

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