Louie Is NESCAC Player of the Year, Beaney Coach of the Year In Men's Golf
October 2, 2013
Middlebury junior John Louie (Salinas, Calif.) has been named NESCAC Player of the Year after leading his team to a first-place finish at the NESCAC Championship Qualifier over the weekend at Bowdoin. Earning NESCAC Coach of the Year honors was Panther head coach Bill Beaney.
Louie earned medalist honors with a two-day score of 145. The junior fired a tournament-best 70 (-2) along with senior teammate Rob Donahoe (Canton, Mass.) on Saturday, but finished atop the leaderboard by one stroke after carding a 75 (+3) Sunday. In the process, he became the third Panther to earn NESCAC Player of the Year honors during the millenia. Previous winners include David Greiner (2000) and Brian Cady (2010).
All five Middlebury entrants earned All-NESCAC recognition. Louie was joined on the First Team by Donahoe and senior Chris Atwood (Rochester, N.H.), who finished second and fourth, respectively, with rounds of 146 and 150. Donahoe was named to the First Team in 2010 when he earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year and the Second Team in 2011. Atwood was named to the Second Team in 2011 as well. Meanwhile, first-year Fitz Bowen (Winnetka, Ill.) and junior Eric Laorr (Eden Prairie, Minn.) earned spots on the Second Team following matching rounds of 154, which tied for ninth.
Beaney was named NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his 20-year career after also earning the honor in 2007. Beaney led the Panthers to three top-five finishes this fall, including wins at the Bowdoin and Duke Nelson Invitationals. During the weekend, all Middlebury golfers turned in scores below 80. He has guided the Panthers to five NESCAC titles (1999, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012) and five NCAA Championship appearances.