CU golf’s Yannik Paul, Ross Macdonald earn All-Pac-12 honors

Senior Yannik Paul and sophomore Ross Macdonald were named to the 22-man All-Pac-12 men’s golf team, which was announced by the conference Thursday.

Paul garnered first-team honors, the first Buffalo to earn the highest distinction on the team since the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12 in 2011-12. His brother Jeremy earned second-team mention in both 2014 and 2016, while Ethan Freeman was named honorable mention a year ago.

Macdonald earned honorable mention honors for this year; both he and Paul tied for second with 12-under 202 scores in last week’s Pac-12 Conference Championships outside of Los Angeles.

“It’s a great honor and representative of a special season for Yannik,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said. “The best of the best in college golf make the first-team All-Pac 12 list, and Yannik has put himself in that category. Ross, by virtue of a special performance at the Pac-12, garnered honorable mention honors, and it’s very well deserved.”

The last Buffaloes to have earned first-team all-conference honors came nine seasons ago, when Patrick Grady and Derek Tolan were named first-team All-Big 12. Grady is currently in his third season as CU’s assistant coach.

Paul and Macdonald will be among the five players representing Colorado in the upcoming NCAA West Regional in Stockton, Calif., May 14-16. The Buffaloes, runners-up in the Pac-12 this year, are the No. 7 seed in the event.