Incoming Spartan Named Jack Nicklaus Award Finalist

Fessler Nicklaus award finalist
Fessler Nicklaus award finalist

NORMAN, Okla. — The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced its finalists for the 2020 Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Golf.com, including University of Tampa signee Trey Fessler. Recipients of the award will be announced during the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, scheduled July 13-19.

Fessler, who competed as a freshman at Mesa Community College, posted a scoring average of 70.86 and was ranked fourth in the final Golfstat NJCAA DI rankings. Fessler opened the season with a runner-up finish at the Desert Classic before adding three more top-five finishes. He did not place outside of the top 25 in any event this year.

"I have a special place in my heart for this award, and it's always been a highlight for us at the Memorial Tournament when we have the opportunity to recognize these young men," Nicklaus said. "Like so many student-athletes around the world, these golfers have been stripped of competition, championships and other moments to create lasting memories. I am delighted to see that the GCAA and Golf.com have worked to keep this well-deserved honor moving forward."

"The Jack Nicklaus award is such a prestigious award for many reasons. Simply put, Jack Nicklaus embodies the gold standard in the game of golf," said GCAA President Greg Sands. "It's extremely exciting to see these student-athletes be recognized for their hard work, commitment, and dedication. On behalf of the GCAA and our entire coaching community, we are thrilled to honor this award during such unique times."

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