Apr. 30 – (ROCHESTER, N.Y.) – Sophomore Jason Li (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) of the Carnegie Mellon University men's golf team has been named University Athletic Association (UAA) Player of the Year, as voted on by the association coaches. Li, also a first-team selection, is joined by sophomore Jason Folker (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) who garnered second team accolades.
Li, last season's UAA Rookie of the Year, won both of his matches during the UAA match play championship in March, topping Matthew Shen of NYU 8-and-6 and Emory's Connor Yakubov 6-and-5 on his way to being named to his second straight UAA Championship All-Tournament team. He finished the season with a team-best average round of 72.5 through 21 rounds and tied the school record with a four-under par 67 at the closing round of the Strimer Memorial Invitational. Li has posted four rounds under 70 this season with eight of his 21 rounds he has shot under par.
Folker ranked second on the team with a scoring average of 74.5 competing in all 21 rounds. The sophomore posted a 3-and-2 win over NYU's Chris Lee at the UAA Championship. Folker recorded his collegiate career-low round of four-under par 68 during the second round of the Gordin Collegiate Classic in early October. The sophomore has recorded six rounds of even par or better this season, including a pair of 69 rounds to go with his career-best score.