PROVO — BYU men’s golf saw its bid for a West Coast Conference championship was halted last week when the Cougars placed fourth at the Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton, California.
But few individual golfers in the league have compared to BYU junior Peter Kuest.
The Fresno, California native earned back-to-back WCC golfer of the year honors, the league announced Monday. Kuest, who finished tied for eighth at the WCC championships, is the second-straight BYU golfer to win top individual honors, joining teammate Patrick Fishburn last year.
Kuest won or tied for first in four tournaments in as a junior, including firing 17-under at the hometown PING Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club, en route to being invited to the prestigious Arnold Palmer Cup. He is believed to be the winningest BYU golfer since Bobby Clampett, the two-time Fred Haskins Award winner who won 32 titles in three years with the Cougars prior to turning pro in 1980.
"He just continues to have a year unlike what we’ve had for a long time," BYU coach Bruce Brockbank told BYUtv. "It's very high up there. I think there are a few guys who won 5-7 tournaments in a year; Bobby Clampett was one of those. But it’s really good, in this day and age, for sure."
Kuest was the WCC’s top-ranked golfer in 2018-19, ranking as high as No. 6 in her Golfweek national poll with five medalist honors and an average round of 69.87 strokes.
In addition to Kuest, BYU junior Rhett Rasmussen was also named to the All-WCC first team. Pepperdine’s RJ Manke was WCC championship medalist, and teammate Joe Highsmith took WCC freshman of the year honors.
BYU heads into the NCAA regional round May 14-16, hoping to earn a berth in the NCAA championships May 23-29 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.