Player of the year awards: Could Cantlay sweep?

UCLA head coach Derek Freeman with Patrick Cantlay.

UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay already has been named the recipient of the Jack Nicklaus Award (given to the Golf Coaches Association of America’s player of the year) and is the top player in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, which earned him Golfweek Player of the Year honors. Will he also be voted the Haskins Award winner?

The Haskins Award is a unique award because it allows every Division I college player and coach to vote. It’s not determined solely by the computer, and not determined by a committee of just a few coaches. Voting for this year’s Haskins Award ends on June 30 and can be done online at www.haskinsaward.org.

Haskins Award winners since 2000

2010 - Russell Henley*

2009 - Matt Hill*

2008 - Kevin Chappell

2007 - Jamie Lovemark*

2006 - Pablo Martin*

2005 - Ryan Moore*

2004 - Bill Haas*

2003 - Hunter Mahan*

2002 - Graeme McDowell*

2001 - Bryce Molder*

2000 - Charles Howell III*

  • finished season ranked No. 1 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings

If the past is any indication, then the UCLA freshman is likely to sweep college golf’s player of the year awards.

Since the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings began during the 1999-2000 season, the Haskins Award winner and the top player in the rankings have been the same in 10 out of 11 years. The only year the two differed was during the 2007-08 season, when UCLA’s Kevin Chappell won the Haskins Award while Oklahoma State’s Rickie Fowler was the No. 1-ranked player. Chappell won the NCAA Championship that year at the Kampen Course at Purdue and finished No. 2 in the rankings.

With Cantlay now the favorite, the voting could be close.

Top candidates for the Haskins Award

Patrick Cantlay, Fr. (UCLA)

Cantlay finished the season ranked No. 1 in the computer polls (Golfweek/Sagarin and Golfstat’s Head-to-Head Rankings) and was the top player in the Golfstat Cup, which is a ranking based on adjusted scoring average. He won four times this year and finished second at the NCAA Championship. He set a single-season scoring record at UCLA with a stroke average of 70.5. Cantlay recorded an average finish of 8.5 in 12 starts.

Peter Uihlein, Jr. (Oklahoma State)

Uihlein spent much of the season in the top spot in the rankings and finished runner-up to Cantlay in the computer polls. Uihlein, who played the toughest schedule, put together a head-to-head won-loss-tie record of 644-66-20, which was good enough for an .896 winning percentage. Uihlein won twice and recorded an average finish of 6.2 in 10 starts. He tied for third at the NCAA Championship.

Patrick Reed, Jr. (Augusta State)

Maybe a long shot, but with what he accomplished at the NCAA Championship, you can’t dismiss him from consideration. Reed finished the season ranked No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, with just a single victory - at the NCAA Southeast Regional. He tied for third place at the NCAA Championship and then went 3-0 in match play to lead the Jaguars to victory for the second consecutive season. Reed defeated three of the top players in college golf - Georgia Tech’s James White, Oklahoma State’s Uihlein and Georgia’s Harris English - in the match-play portion of the championship.

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