On Monday, the Big East announced the end of the season awards for men's golf. As a result of a vote of the league's coaches, Marquette's very own Pat Sanchez was named the 2014-15 Big East Golfer Of The Year, and MU head coach Steve Bailey was named Coach Of The Year.
At 73.53, Sanchez had the 4th best average score in the Big East this season and was one of just eight players in the league to record 30 rounds of golf during the school year. He got his campaign off to a white hot start by averaging 72.33 in his first nine rounds of the season on the way to being named Big East Golfer of the Month for September. The junior from Mazatlan, Mexico, capped off his campaign by firing a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Big East tournament, including a ridiculous putt from the fringe to lock up a tie for the individual title and clinch Marquette's team championship. Sanchez is the first MU golfer to earn the end of year award since Mike Van Sickle brought it home in 2009.
For the third consecutive season, Sanchez lands on the all-Big East squad, but this year, he's joined by teammate Nick Nelson. The Iowa native also played 30 rounds this season, including 12 of par or better en route to the sixth best average in the conference this season. Nelson was a major component of MU's Big East team title, as he carded three birdies on the back nine of the final round at Callawassie Island. His low numbers pushed the Golden Eagles to the title and jumped his individual score into the top 10.
Bailey is the second Marquette coach to be named Coach of the Year, and he did a heck of a job with his squad this season. Marquette posted four top 5 finishes in seven fall events, including a third place finish as the hosts in a stacked Erin Hills Invitational field. The Golden Eagles were eight strokes back after two rounds at the Big East tournament, but pulled off the last round rally for the title, thanks to strong team play: They made par or better on 34 of 54 team holes on the back nine.
You can check out the full release from the Big East here.