May 1, 2012
IRVING, Texas --- East Carolina University senior golfer Harold Varner has been named Conference USA Golfer-of-the-Year, while senior Adam Stephenson was tabbed second-team all-conference as voted upon by the league's 11 head coaches.
Varner is the fifth player in ECU golf history to be named conference player-of-the-year and first to receive that distinction in C-USA.
"To be chosen out of so many great players in Conference USA by the coaches is a very humbling honor," said Varner. "I'm surprised and excited to receive this award."
Varner ranks third in C-USA in scoring average this season, averaging 71.79 strokes per round. He placed in the top-10 in seven of 11 tournaments this season, including five top-5 finishes. Varner was the individual medalist at the Autotrader.com Collegiate Classic and runner-up at the Sea Best Seafood Invitational at TPC Sawgrass. He also posted a 2-1-1 record against four top-35 opponents at the 2012 Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championships. He was named C-USA Golfer-of-the-Week twice during the season and five times during his career.
"This award represents the culmination of four years of hard work from Harold," said Pirate head coach Press McPhaul. "He has developed into a high-level player that gets a great deal out of his talent. To have him recognized by the Conference USA coaches is a great honor for Harold and for the entire ECU golf program."
Stephenson posted four top-10 finishes this season, including runner-up at the VCU Shootout and earned C-USA Golfer-of-the-Week honors for his performance. He shot par or better in 14 of 29 rounds during the season and recorded the second-lowest scoring average on the team (72.3) behind Varner.
"I am equally as proud of Adam's inclusion on the second team," said McPhaul. "He has come a very long way as a player, while juggling a demanding schedule as an engineer major. Adam has an extraordinary work ethic and I'm very pleased that he has been recognized with this award."
2012 C-USA MEN'S GOLF AWARDS
Golfer of the Year: Harold Varner, East Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Martin Simonsen, UTEP
Newcomer of the Year: Ricardo Gouveia, UCF
Coach of the Year: Grant Robbins, Memphis
All-Conference USA First Team
All-Conference USA Second Team
Conference USA All-Freshman Team