March 29, 2006
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Southern Conference today named Western Carolina's Matt Cook as the Southern Conference Men's Golfer of the Week. The Murphy, N.C., product is the second straight Catamount to receive the honor and just the second all-time, joining two-time recipient Tripp Morrow.
Cook, who leads the SoCon with a 71.57 scoring average for the season, fired a two-under par 70 in the final round of the Furman Intercollegiate to place second for his ninth career top five finish in 14 all-time events. Cook was additionally the top SoCon finisher. His play led the Catamounts to tie for ninth in a highly competitive 16-team field. Western has recorded a top 10 finish in all eight of its events in 2005-06.
Cook carded a 54-hole score of 212, which was six strokes behind medalist Blaine Pefflex of Maryland (70-69-67=206) and four strokes ahead of third-place finisher Neil O'Briain of Wofford. In addition, Cook's 212 ranks as his fourth-lowest, three-round score and the seventh-lowest, three-round score in school history. He led the field on the par 3's, averaging one-under over three days. He was also eight-under on the par 5's, which tied for third. Over 54 holes, Cook recorded 34 pars and 11 birdies.
For more on Matt Cook, please read the article below written by Tyler Norris Goode for the Asheville Citizen-Times:
Cook improves short game, paces WCU men's golf team
The Catamounts will return to action April 3-4 at the Wofford Invitational, play at Spartanburg's Carolina Country Club. The event will be the Catamounts last before heading into the 2006 Southern Conference Championships.