UTEP’s Frederik Dreier | Photo courtesy UTEP
Frederik Dreier was named the Conference USA Golfer of the Year and Andreas Sorenson was named to the All-Freshman Team on Wednesday based on Golfstat’s individual rankings.
Dreier becomes only the fourth player in program history to be named a conference golfer of the year and is the first to do so in Conference USA. David Bishop (1989, 1991) was a two-time award winner, Ryan Hietala earned the honor in 1995 and the last to do so was Chris Baryla in 2004; all of the previous golfers won their awards in the Western Athletic Conference.
“Frederik made a huge jump this year from his first two years on campus,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth notes. “Not only did his game improve, but his maturity, his leadership, his off the course stuff improved as well. He is very deserving of this award and he was extremely reliable for us all year long as our No. 1 player. “
Dreier’s honor also earns him first-team all conference recognition. The junior led all of C-USA with a 71.81 stroke average. In the 11 tournaments played this year, Dreier was UTEP’s top finisher at eight of those events.
The Denmark native carded five top-10 finishes during the season. The righty finished second at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate (71-71-70-212/-1), third at the Gene Miranda Invitational (68-70-72-210/-6), fifth at the Price’s Give Em Five Invitational (64-70-72-206/-10), sixth at the Gene Miranda Invitational (68-70-72-210/-6) and sixth recently at the Conference USA Championships (73-73-72-218/+2).
Sorenson becomes the first player since Dreier (2014) to be named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. Sorenson recorded his only top 10 finish of the season at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate with a fourth-place showing (70-72-72-214/+1). Sorenson averaged a steady 73.8 strokes per round during his season.
“Andy showed us a lot of promise during year one,” Lieberwirth said. “It was great to have a player of his talent and youth contribute for us this year. The sky is the limit for him and we expect him to be a steady player for us the next couple of years.”