Hill, Thurmond earn Golfweek honors

North Carolina State's Matt Hill hits a shot during the third round at the NCAA Championship at Inverness Club.

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Coming into the 2008-09 season, there wasn’t a lot of hype surrounding North Carolina State’s Matt Hill or the University of Washington men’s team.

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Washington coach Matt Thurmond

Though Hill did win one tournament and was an honorable-mention All-American as a freshman, the Canadian was 43rd in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and didn’t do much in summer amateur events to warrant attention heading into his sophomore season.

Washington finished 50th in the final 2008 rankings, and even though the Huskies placed seventh at the ’08 NCAA finals as a No. 22 seed, they had not won a tournament since 2005.

By season’s end, however, Hill and the Huskies had earned plenty of notice.

Hill – who ended his season with seven victories in his final eight starts, including the NCAA Championship, and finished the year No. 1 in the rankings – is Golfweek’s Player of the Year. Matt Thurmond – who led the Huskies to five victories, including the Pac-10 Championship, and a No. 4 ranking – is Golfweek’s Coach of the Year.

Hill, a native of Brights Grove, Ontario, notched one title during the fall, then went on a tear in the spring, winning seven times, including the ACC, Central Regional and NCAAs.

“Winning the NCAA is the icing on the cake,” Hill said. “I never imagined anything like this when the season started. It’s just been incredible.”

Thurmond, 34, also had the Huskies peaking at the end of the season, as four of Washington’s victories came in the spring. They tied for third in stroke play at the NCAA finals to advance to match play before a 3-2 quarterfinal loss to eventual runner-up Arkansas.

“It all came together and made for a very special year,” said Thurmond, whose top five golfers are expected to return next season.

“The players deserve all the credit. This was a team every coach dreams about having.”


Golfweek’s All-Americans

First team

  • Matt Hill, Sophomore, North Carolina State
  • Morgan Hoffmann, Freshman, Oklahoma State*
  • Cameron Tringale, Senior, Georgia Tech
  • Matthew Giles, Sophomore, USC
  • Kyle Stanley, Junior, Clemson
  • Rickie Fowler, Sophomore, Oklahoma State
  • Jorge Campillo, Senior, Indiana
  • Nick Taylor, Junior, Washington
  • Billy Horschel, Senior, Florida
  • Bud Cauley, Freshman, Alabama*

Second team

  • Mike Van Sickle, Sr., Marquette
  • Bronson Burgoon, Sr., Texas A&M
  • Brian Harman, Sr., Georgia
  • Erik Flores, Sr., UCLA
  • Russell Henley, So., Georgia
  • Peter Uihlein, Fr., Oklahoma State*
  • Steve Ziegler, So., Stanford
  • Trent Leon, Sr., Oklahoma State
  • Jamie Lovemark, Jr., USC
  • John Peterson, Jr., LSU

Third team

  • Blayne Barber, Fr., Central Florida*
  • Hudson Swafford, Jr., Georgia
  • Scott Langley, So., Illinois
  • Tom Glissmeyer, Sr., USC
  • Richard Lee, Jr., Washington
  • Zack Byrd, Sr., Coastal Carolina
  • Gregor Main, Fr., UCLA*
  • Harris English, So., Georgia
  • Dustin Garza, Jr., Wichita State
  • Kevin Foley, Jr., Penn State

Honorable mention

  • Kevin Tway, So., Oklahoma State
  • Andrew Landry, Sr., Arkansas
  • Tim Sluiter, So., USC
  • Chris Paisley, Sr., Tennessee
  • Bo Hoag, So., Ohio State
  • David Lingmerth, Jr., Arkansas
  • George Bryan IV, Jr., South Carolina
  • James Sacheck, Sr., Texas Christian
  • John Hahn, So., Kent State
  • Drew Weaver, Sr., Virginia Tech
  • Mark Silvers, Sr., South Carolina
  • Stephan Gross, So., Arizona State
  • Derek Tolan, Sr., Colorado
  • Henrik Norlander, So., Augusta State
  • Knut Borsheim, Jr., Arizona State
  • Pat Grady, Sr., Colorado
  • Adam Mitchell, Sr., Georgia
  • Adam Hadwin, Sr., Louisville
  • Eddie Olson, Jr., UNLV
  • Darren Wallace, Jr., Washington

* All-freshman team

Note: Teams determined by players’ order in Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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