Mikkelsen Named to Ping All-Central Region Team

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (May 30, 2012) -- Baylor men’s golf senior Joakim Mikkelsen was named to the 2012 PING All-Central Region Team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Wednesday.

Mikkelsen has been named to the PING All-Central Region squad in each of the last three seasons. The Drammen, Norway, native and Ryan Baca (2006) are the only golfers in program history to garner all-region accolades. A total of 155 players across six regions – Northeast, East, Southeast, Midwest, Central and West – earned 2012 all-region honors. Mikkelsen was among 25 golfers named to the All-Central Region team, including 16 from the Big 12 Conference.

As a senior, Mikkelsen became Baylor’s first All-Big 12 golfer since 2008 and was one of five finalists for the 2012 Byron Nelson Award. He concluded the 2011-12 season with a 71.38 stroke average, the second-lowest single-season average in program history. He won the 2012 Big 12 Championship individual title, shooting 3-under and erasing a seven-stroke deficit in the final round. He leaves Baylor with 12 career top-five and 19 career top-10 finishes, ranking third in program history in both categories.

A seven-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll member, he was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team selection and a two-time Big 12 Golfer of the Month (February 2012, April 2012). Mikkelsen and the Bears advanced to the 2012 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, marking Baylor’s 15th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance and 20th overall.

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