James Piot and Donnie Trosper Earn First Team All-Big Ten Accolades

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EAST LANSING – Michigan State men’s golfers James Piot and Donnie Trosper have both been voted to the All-Big Ten First Team, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon. Piot was one of three players to garner a unanimous selection.

Piot, who was last year’s conference freshman of the year, has continued to be one of the top players in the Big Ten. Piot leads the Spartans with a 71.62 scoring average has a total of five top-10 finishes this season. He had the best finish of his career at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate (April 19-20) where he tied for second place at 3-under-par 139.

The native of Canton helped the Spartans to a win at the Colleton River Collegiate (March 4-5) by carding all three of his rounds at even or below par and tying for fifth place. Piot ended the fall portion of the Spartans’ schedule with back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate (seventh) and Grandover Collegiate (sixth).

Trosper, who transferred to Michigan State for his final season, has been in the top 10 six times this season and also has one tournament win. He carded three rounds under par, including a 5-under-par 67 – tied for the best score by a Spartan this season – to garner medalist honors at the Colleton River Collegiate and help the Spartans win the tournament.

Last weekend at the Big Ten Championships, Trosper earned a spot on the All-Tournament team by placing fourth. MSU’s third-place finish was its best at the league championships since winning the title in 2008, while Trosper also had the best showing by a Spartan at the tournament since 2008 when Ryan Brehm took second.

Trosper, who also hails from Canton, made an immediate impact for the Spartans as he started the season with a sixth-place finish at the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 9-10) and then eighth at the Windon Memorial (Sept. 23-24) the next time out.

Junior Andrew Walker was the Spartans' recipient of the Sportsmanship Award. The students chosen for the Sportsmanship Award are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the students must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The Spartans will find out Wednesday night at 9 p.m. if they’re selected to compete in the 2019 NCAA Championships. The selection show will air live on Golf Channel.

The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the students must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found below.

2019 BIG TEN MEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AND INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
Big Ten Player of the Year: Alex Schaake, Iowa
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: David Nyfjall, Northwestern
Big Ten Coach of the Year: Mike Small, Illinois

ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS

First Team
MICHAEL FEAGLES, ILLINOIS
ALEX SCHAAKE, IOWA
JAMES PIOT, MICHIGAN STATE
Donnie Trosper, Michigan State
David Nyfjall, Northwestern
Daniel Wetterich, Ohio State
Timmy Hildebrand, Purdue
Jordan Hahn, Wisconsin

Second Team
Bryan Baumgarten, Illinois
Adrien Dumont de Chassart, Illinois
Giovanni Tadiotto, Illinois
Benton Weinberg, Iowa
Peter Knade, Maryland
Angus Flanagan, Minnesota
Will Grimmer, Ohio State
Chris Gotterup, Rutgers

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Luke Armbrust, Illinois
Jake Brown, Indiana
Aaron DeNucci, Iowa
Tim Colanta, Maryland
Henry Spring, Michigan
Andrew Walker, Michigan State
Campbell Fisher, Minnesota
Dylan McCabe, Nebraska
Ryan Lumsden, Northwestern
Caleb Ramirez, Ohio State
Alec Bard, Penn State
Jarle Volden, Purdue
Matt Mourin, Rutgers
Brett Robinson, Wisconsin