Marquette Sweeps BIG EAST Men's Golf Honors

May 18, 2018

BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK --
Marquette freshman Hunter Eichhorn has been named the 2017-18 BIG EAST Player and Freshman of the Year, and the tandem of head coach Steve Bailey and assistant Trake Carpenter earned BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honors, as voted by the league's head coaches.

Eichhorn is the first BIG EAST player to earn both player of the year and freshman of the year honors since Chase Koepka completed the sweep at USF in the 2012-13 season.  He becomes the third Marquette player to win the award.

The native of Carney, Michigan recorded a scoring average of 71.88 (0.25 vs. par), third-lowest in a single season at Marquette, while his two tournament wins led the BIG EAST.  His 119 birdies were the third-most in program history, while he posted seven rounds in the 60s and 17 at par or better.  Eichhorn spent part of the season ranked in the nation's top-100 - he sits at No. 170 in the Golfstat rankings following NCAA regional play.

Eichhorn was the BIG EAST champion, holding as the tournament's No. 1 seed to win with a 2-under-par 214 at Callawassie Island G.C. (April 29-May 1).  His first collegiate win came in just his fifth start, a 9-under-par 204 to claim the Price's Give `Em Five Invitational in El Paso, Texas (Oct. 20-22).

He just completed his NCAA debut by finishing in a tie for 25th at the Bryan (Texas) Regional with a 3-over-par 219, the second-lowest NCAA 54-hole score in program history. 

Bailey, who just wrapped up his eighth season as head coach at Marquette, earned his third BIG EAST honor, while Carpenter was awarded in his first season.  Bailey and Carpenter led Marquette to the lowest team scoring average (288.55) and average versus par (2.21) in MU history, highlighted by a school-record 32-under-par 832 to win the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms Sept. 24-25.  For the first time in the 94 years since the university first sponsored varsity intercollegiate men's golf, Marquette earned a spot in the GCAA Golfweek/Bushnell Top-25 poll by checking in at No. 22 in the Sept. 29 poll.

BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR - MARQUETTE
2017-18 - Hunter Eichhorn
2014-15 - Pat Sanchez
2008-09 - Mike Van Sickle

BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - MARQUETTE
2017-18 - Hunter Eichhorn
2016-17 - Matthew Bachmann

BIG EAST COACH/COACHING STAFF OF THE YEAR - MARQUETTE
2017-18 - Steve Bailey, Trake Carpenter
2016-17 - Steve Bailey, Gator Todd
2014-15 - Steve Bailey
2007-08 - Tim Grogan
2005-06 - Tim Grogan


 

 

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