NORMAN, Okla.— The Golf Coaches of America has announced the NAIA Finalists for the Dave Williams Award, presented by Golf Pride Grips, which is awarded to the NAIA Men’s Golf National Coach of the Year and WWU’s head coach, Barry Doty, is one of five finalists.
Joining coach Doty on the ballot, includes, Kyle Blaser (Oklahoma City), AJ Broderick (Johnson & Wales), Mike Cook (Coastal Georgia) and Greg Hutton (Cal State San Marcos).
Coach Doty has led the Owls to yet another NAIA National Championship, an American Midwest Conference (AMC) Championship, a current No. 3 ranking in the NAIA Top 25 Poll and AMC Coach of the Year honors for himself this year.
Earlier in the season, the Owls were ranked No. 1 in Golfstat, in the GCAA and NAIA Top 25 Polls, for the first time in program history. The team has also set numerous individual records with Doty at the helm, while as a team, they set a school record for a 54-hole total, at 16-under par 848 at the Mid-South Classic.
For a 36-hole total, the team set a new program record at the CMU Fall Eagle Open, scoring a 12-under par 556, while its 13 rounds of par or less, are also a new all-time best.