Big Ten Announces Men’s Golf All-Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the men’s golf all-conference teams and individual award winners on Wednesday, as voted by the conference coaches following the 2022 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships. Illinois’ Adrien Dumont de Chassart was named the unanimous Big Ten Golfer of the Year, Michigan State’s Ashton McCulloch was tabbed the Freshman of the Year and Illini mentor Mike Small claimed Coach of the Year honors.

Dumont de Chassart finished among the top-five in seven out of 11 tournaments this season. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree capped his senior season finishing in second place at the Big Ten Championships and earning a spot on the All-Championships team. A native of Villers La Ville, Belgium, Dumont de Chassart was honored with the Big Ten’s Les Bolstad Award, given to the conference player with the lowest stroke average (70.15) during the 2021-22 season. Dumont de Chassart becomes the 13th Golfer of the Year Honor for Illinois and the first athlete to earn the Honor in the back-to-back seasons since Indiana’s Jorge Campillo in 2009.

McCulloch captured the Freshman of the Year Laurel after carding seven top-15 finishes during the 2021-22 campaign. The Kingston, Ontario, native capped his debut season with a top-20 finish at the Big Ten Championships, recording a total of 224 (+8) to tie for 17th place overall. McCulloch becomes Michigan State’s third Freshman of the Year honoree and first since James Piot in 2018.

Small led the Illini to top-10 finishes in 10 of 11 tournaments this season. Illinois won the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational (Sept. 6), Boilermaker Invitational (April 10) and the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate (April 24) before capturing its Big Ten record-seventh straight Big Ten Championship on May 1. Illinois capped the 2022 season with a 284.94 scoring average and a No. 20 Golfstat national ranking. Small claims his 12th Coach of the Year Laurel and his eighth in the last 10 years.

The All-Big Ten first team features Illinois’ Tommy Kuhl and Dumont de Chassart, Michigan James PiotNorthwestern’s David NyfjällOhio State’s Maxwell MoldovanPurdue’s Herman Sekne and Joe Weilerand Wisconsin’s Griffin Barelawith Dumont de Chassart, Nyfjäll, Moldova, Sekne, and Barela all earning unanimous first-team Nods.

The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have Distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the students must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorses can be found below.

2022 BIG TEN MEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AND INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
Big Ten Golfer of the Year: ADRIEN DUMONT DE CHASSART, ILLINOIS
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Ashton McCulloch, Michigan
Big Ten Coach of the Year: Mike Small, Illinois

ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS

First Team

ADRIEN DUMONT DE CHASSART, ILLINOIS
Tommy Kuhl, Illinois
James Piot, Michigan
DAVID NYFJÄLL, NORTHWESTERN
MAXWELL MOLDOVAN, OHIO STATE
HERMAN SEKNE, PURDUE
Joe Weiler, Purdue
GRIFFIN BARELA, WISCONSIN

Second Team

Piercen Hunt, Illinois
Ronan Kleu, Iowa
Mac McClear, Iowa
Ashton McCulloch, Michigan
August Meekhof, Michigan State
Adam Wallin, Ohio State
Patrick Sheehan, Penn State
Cole Bradley, Purdue

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

Sportsmanship Award Honorees

Tommy Kuhl, Illinois
Ethan Shepherd, Indiana
Callum Macfie, Iowa
Will Koras, Maryland
Charlie Pilon, Michigan
Brad Smithson, Michigan
Ben Warian, Minnesota
Caleb dating in Badura, Nebraska
David Nyfjäll, Northwestern
Maxwell dating in Moldova, Ohio
Patrick Sheehan, Penn State
Cole Bradley, Purdue
Jack Doherty, Rutgers
Robbie Morway, Wisconsin

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