Rudisill Named CAA Coach of the Year, Onesi Named CAA Rookie of The Year

April 20, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 20, 2007

HOT SPRINGS, Va. (April 20, 2007) - Old Dominion University men's golf coach Murray Rudisill was selected as the CAA Coach of the Year and freshman Eric Onesi (Bear, DE.), CAA Rookie of the Year in a vote of the CAA's head coaches. Junior Stan Guerrero (Mexico) was named to the first team All-CAA squad and freshman John Murphy (WIlton, CT.)was named second team All-CAA.

After the first round of play, freshman John Murphy is tied with VCU's Jens Fahrbring for first with a 69. Stan Guerrero is tied for sixth at 73. As a team, ODU is third just three strokes behind leader and defending CAA champion Georgia State.

Onesi, a freshman product of St. Marks in Bear, Del., leads the Monarchs and is second in the CAA with a stroke average of 72.41 during his first collegiate season. The rookie has completed 10 tournaments and has finished among the top 10 in three of them. His best outing of the season was a second-place finish at the ODU/Seascape Tournament at the end of October. He also placed fourth in his first outing as a Monarch in September when he shot 70-69-70=209 at the Mid Pines Intercollegiate Tournament.

Rudisill is in his 31st season at the helm of Old Dominion's men's program. He is a six-time conference and four-time Virginia State Coach of the Year honoree. Rudisill earned a pair of Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors in 1984 and 1989, before receiving the award from the CAA in 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2007. In 2003, Rudisill lead the Monarchs to a CAA Championship title, which was won in a playoff at the Independence Golf Club. This season, Rudisill has guided his team to eight top-five finishes, including a first place finish at the Joe Agee Invitational in October. Sjoholm, a junior from Gothenburg, Sweden, claimed the conference's top honor after leading the conference with a stroke average of 71.91 through nine tournaments. He has finished in the top-10 in six of his competitions, including a second place finish in the Georgia State/Pepperdine Challenge completing the one-round tournament with a score of 71.

Murphy tied for seventh at W&M's Joe Agee tournament and took tenth at Argonut Classic. He had a 72.8 stroke average in the fall and a 73.2 average in the spring. Guererro tied for second at Raines in the fall and took fifth at Mission Inn Tournament in the Spring. He compiled a 71.7 stroke average in the fall and a 73.2 average in the spring.

The CAA men's and women's championships begin Friday THe Homestead in Hot Springs, Va at 10 am.


Golfer of the Year - Joel Sjoholm, Georgia State Rookie of the Year - Eric Onesi, Old Dominion Coach of the Year - Murray Rudisill, Old Dominion

CAA ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM 1st team Rafael Campos, VCU Stan Guerrero, ODU Mark Haastrup, Georgia State Eric Onesi, ODU Joel Sjoholm,Georgia State

2nd team Jeff Castle, Towson Jens Fahbring, VCU Doug Hurson,W&M Joe McLister, Delaware John Murphy, ODU

Colonial Athletic Assoc. Men's GOlf Championship Round: 1 Par-Yardage: 70-6679

School Scores 1 Georgia State Univ. 292 +12 2 VCU 294 +14 3 Old Dominion Univ. 295 +15 Delaware, U. of 295 +15 5 Towson University 299 +19 6 Wm. & Mary, Coll. of 300 +20 7 Drexel University 302 +22 8 UNC Wilmington 304 +24 9 James Madison Univ. 309 +29 10 Hofstra University 310 +30 11 George Mason Univ. 318 +38

Individual Leader Jens Fahbring, VCU 69

ODU GOLFERS T1 John Murphy 69 T6 Stan Guerrero 73 T25 Matthew Watson 76 T32 Eric Onesi 77 Matthew Rendell 77