April 5, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – Baylor men’s golf senior Joakim Mikkelsen is one of five finalists for the 2012 Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Thursday.
Mikkelsen is joined by Iowa’s Chris Brant, Texas’ Dylan Frittelli, Georgia Tech’s James White and Dartmouth’s Peter Williamson as finalists.
Candidates for the Nelson Award must be a graduating senior and the selection committee considers equally a nominee’s entire collegiate academic and golf career and his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration is given to a nominee’s good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career. The 2012 Byron Nelson Award recipient will be announced Thu., April 19.
The Drammen, Norway, native has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his seven semesters at Baylor. A 2011 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, he is a two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 and GCAA PING All-Central Region selection. His 11 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes are tied for third in program history.
Mikkelsen owns a 72.62 scoring average in 142 career rounds, while shooting par or better in 80 of those rounds. The Big 12 Golfer of the Month for February, Mikkelsen leads the Bears with a 71.00 scoring average, -0.67 score vs. par, 21 rounds of par or better and seven top-10 finishes, including a share of individual title at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational.
Baylor, rated 27th nationally by Golfstat, travels to The Woodlands, Texas, for The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate, which will be hosted April 9-10 by the University of Houston.