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

Illinois’ Jerry Ji and Rutgers’ Christopher Gotterup capture individual honors

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the men’s golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners on Monday, as voted on by the conference coaches. Rutgers’ Christopher Gotterup was named Big Ten Player of the Year, while Illinois’ Jerry Ji was tabbed the Freshman of the Year.

Gotterup finished among the top-15 in six out of seven tournaments during the fall and spring seasons, highlighted by his first career individual title by eight strokes at the Fighting Irish Classic in South Bend, Ind. The Little Silver, N.J., native capped his junior season earning the Les Bolstad Award, given to the conference player with the lowest stroke average (69.89) during the season. Gotterup becomes the first Scarlet Knight golfer to win Big Ten Player of the Year since Rutgers joined the conference in 2014-15.

Ji captured the Freshman of the Year laurel after carding a trio of top-20 finishes and ranking second on the Illinois team with a stroke average of 72.00 over 18 rounds in 2019-20. The Hoofddorp, Netherlands, native paced the Illini at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, firing a three-round total of 204 (-6) to tie for 15th. Ji becomes Illinois’ seventh Freshman of the Year honoree and first since Michael Feagles in 2017.

The All-Big Ten first team features Illinois’ Michael Feagles, Iowa’s Alex Schaake, Maryland’s Peter Knade, Minnesota’s Angus Flanagan, Northwestern’s David Nyfjall, Penn State’s Ryan Davis, Purdue’s Joe Weiler and Rutgers’ Gotterup, with Schaake, Flanagan, Nyfjall and Gotterup 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 honorees can be found below.

 

2020 BIG TEN MEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AND INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS

Big Ten Player of the Year: Christopher Gotterup, Rutgers

Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Jerry Ji, Illinois

Les Bolstad Award: Christopher Gotterup, Rutgers

 

ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS

 

First Team

Michael Feagles, Illinois

ALEX SCHAAKE, IOWA

Peter Knade, Maryland

ANGUS FLANAGAN, MINNESOTA

DAVID NYFJALL, NORTHWESTERN

Ryan Davis, Penn State

Joe Weiler, Purdue

CHRISTOPHER GOTTERUP, RUTGERS

 

Second Team 

Jerry Ji, Illinois

Giovanni Tadiotto, Illinois

Gonzalo Leal, Iowa

Brent Ito, Michigan 

James Piot, Michigan State

Connor Glynn, Minnesota

Eric McIntosh, Northwestern

Felix Kvarnström, Ohio State

 

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

 

Sportsmanship Award Honorees

Adrien Dumont de Chassart, Illinois

Jack Sparrow, Indiana

Benton Weinberg, Iowa

Will Koras, Maryland

Henry Spring, Michigan

James Piot, Michigan State

Connor Glynn, Minnesota

Tanner Owen, Nebraska

Everton Hawkins, Northwestern

Justin Wick, Ohio State

James McHugh, Penn State

Joe Weiler, Purdue

Tony Jiang, Rutgers

Nick Robinson, Wisconsin