Three Marquette Golfers Garner All-BIG EAST Recognition
May 13, 2014
"It's nice to see our guys honored for their hard work throughout the season," said Marquette head coach Steve Bailey. "Having three players named to the all-conference team is quite an accomplishment and represents the progress of our program."
Cloete, who transferred to MU from Arizona State at the start of the 2013-14 campaign, led the squad with a 73.88 scoring average, the ninth-best single-season scoring average in program history. The Knysna, South Africa native fired an individual low-round 66 on the second day of the The Doc Gimmler, his first tournament with the Golden Eagles, and finished 34th overall in NCAA Division I in up-and-down percentage (64.0 percent). He concluded his junior year with a pair of top-25 finishes including a tie for fourth place at the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship.
Swift (New Canaan, Conn.) finished with a 74.19 scoring average, the 10th best mark all-time at the school, as well as 10th all-time with a total of 10 rounds of par-or-better and fifth all-time in par-4 scoring (4.14). His birdie conversion rate (0.30) was 38th among all NCAA Division I golfers. A redshirt sophomore, Swift was named Marquette's "Most Valuable Player" and also received the "Bounce-Back Award" last week at the team's annual awards dinner.
A native of Mazatlán, Mexico, Sanchez was one of two Marquette golfers (Nick Nelson) to play in every competitive round (10 tournaments) throughout the fall and spring seasons while claiming the top spot for MU in three events. Sanchez's second all-conference honor in as many years was highlighted by a 4-under-par 68 at USF Invitational and a final round 1-under-71 to card a season best sixth-place showing at BIG EAST tournament.
Cloete and Swift were voted to the 12-person all-conference team by the league's coaches; Sanchez earned a spot by virtue of his top-seven finish at the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship last month at Callawassie Island Golf Club.
2014 All-BIG EAST Conference Team & Major Award Winners
^ - unanimous selection