University of Colorado’s Morten Toft Hansen and Esther Lee swept Pac-12 Conference men’s and women’s Golfer of the Month honors for September the league office announced on Friday.
It was the first Golfer of the Month honor for both programs since joining the Pac-12. Jess Wallace was Colorado’s last Player of the Month for the Big 12 Conference in March of 2011. Derek Tolan took the last men’s monthly nod in September 2008.
Lee, the current No. 1 ranked golfer in the nation by GolfWeek, won medalist honors at the Branch Law Firm/New Mexico Invitational, Sept. 12-13, on the strength of a first-round, 11-under par 61, setting a new NCAA record for most strokes under par in a round and tying the record of 61 set by Stanford’s Maria Stackhouse.
Hansen, a freshman from Gilleleje, Denmark, had one of the best first months as a collegian in CU’s golfing history, with four top 10 finishes that included two in the top five. He opened his career with a third place finish in CU’s own Ballyneal Challenge in Holyoke, on Sept. 6, firing a 71-69—140, a great effort on a tough gold course. He then tied for 10th at the Air Force Invitational (70-74-70—218), Sept. 10-11, helping the Buffs to a third place team finish.