Two UCCS Golfers Honored with Top Individual Awards

By Sarah Trujillo published April 22, 2010

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs continued its domination of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men's golf by winning its fifth consecutive conference championship and sweeping the individual player awards. UCCS junior Chris Shoop was named RMAC player of the year and teammate Spencer Biersdorff was named freshman of the year.

Both were named first-team All-RMAC. Riley Andrews was named to the all-conference second team.

The RMAC individual honors were based on the combined scores from both the fall and spring RMAC tournaments. These awards are nothing new of the golf team, as a UCCS athlete has received golfer of the year honors four of the past five years. Tyler Bishop (08-09), Todd Napiloski (07-08), and Chase Wortman (05-06) all previously won the award as Mountain Lions.

Biersdorff ran away with the freshman of the year award after following a strong fall tournament by finishing tied for third overall at the spring tournament. Of the past four freshmen of the year, UCCS has taken the award twice. Brian Morfeld was named freshman of the year for the 2007-2008 season.

After the completion of the RMAC Spring Championship Tournament, UCCS clinched its fifth consecutive RMAC men's golf championship, putting the Mountain Lions in good company when it comes to RMAC champion dynasties. Below is a list of current RMAC teams that have won five or more consecutive championships:

Year      School                 Sport/# Consecutive RMAC Champ Titles
05-09    Mesa State          Baseball/ 5*
02-09    Adams State        Women's Cross Country/ 8
02-10    Adams State        Women's Indoor Track & Field/ 9
04-09    Adams State        Women's Outdoor Track & Field/ 6*
02-09    Metro State          Women's Soccer/ 8
04-09    Nebraska-Kearney  Volleyball/ 6

*2010 RMAC Champion to be determined

After winning three consecutive RMAC Coach of the Year Awards, UCCS' Phil Trujillo, was edged out this year by Bud Anderson of Fort Lewis.

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Tyler BishopTyler Bishop
Tyler BishopTyler Bishop
Tyler BishopTyler Bishop
Riley AndrewsRiley Andrews
Riley AndrewsRiley Andrews
Riley AndrewsRiley Andrews
Chris ShoopChris Shoop
Chris ShoopChris Shoop
Chris ShoopChris Shoop
Additional News Stories
May 21, 2010Mountain Lions Place Five on PING All-Region TeamThe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs placed five golfers on the NCAA Division II PING All-Central Region Team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday. The Mountain Lions had more players named all-region than any other school in the nation.
May 12, 2010Morfeld Named First-Team All-AcademicUniversity of Colorado at Colorado Springs junior Brian Morfeld was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Men's Golf All-Academic first team, the RMAC announced Wednesday.
May 5, 2010UCCS Misses Trip to Nationals After Sixth-Place Finish at RegionalsBrian Morfeld's 1-under par 71 Wednesday wasn't enough as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs failed to qualify for nationals by a scant three strokes. It was the first time in three seasons that the Mountain Lions failed to advance to nationals.
May 4, 2010Mountain Lions Climb into Fifth-Place Tie at D-II Central/West Super RegionalChris Shoop and Spencer Biersdorff each shot a 1-under par 71 and David Cosel was at even par as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs rebounded from a disappointing first round to shoot a 3-over par 291 in Tuesday's second round at the NCAA Division II Men's Central/West Super Regional at the Classic Club.
May 3, 2010Senior, Freshman Lead as Mountain Lions Finish First Round in Ninth at RegionalThe Mountain Lions got the young and the old of it Monday.
Visit our Facebook pageVisit the UCCS Mount Lion's Twitter pageVisit the UCCS Mountain Lions Youtube pageVisit UCCS Rss feeds