Golfer Collects National Honor
June 8, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. -- California golfer Dan Arroyo was named honorable mention All-America, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Monday.
For Arroyo, a junior who prepped at Walnut Creeks Northgate High School, it is the second postseason award he has picked up after being selected to the Pac-10sAll-Conferences first team in early May.
Arroyo was far and away the Bears most consistent golfer during the 1997-98 campaign and the main reason Cal advanced to the NCAA Finals. Ranked among the nations top 50 golfers throughout the season, Arroyo was the only Golden Bear to appear in all 11 tournaments for Cal, posting a team-best 72.4 stroke average over 38 rounds on the year.
Overall, Arroyo finished in the top-6 in five of the Bears 11 outings during the 1997-98 campaign, including a 7-under-par 209 tied for fifth effort at the Pacific Invitational in the fall, a fifth at the International Intercollegiate Feb. 7 (67-70-71208), and a tied for second finish at the Pac-10 Championship at Orinda where he sat atop the leader board for the tournaments first three rounds. The Pac-10s were also the sight of his low round on the year, a scorching 7-under 65 which he carded during the second round.
At the NCAA West Regional, Arroyo was once again the Bears top performer, finishing tied for 14th (73-73-70216) to help Cal advance to the NCAA Championship. Once there, he shot 70-69139 (-5) during the tournaments opening two rounds to help Cal make the cut for the second time in four years.