Buffs’ Yannik Paul named honorable mention All-American

Yannik Paul, who set or shared in 23 records over the course of his golfing career at the University of Colorado, has been named to the honorable mention PING All-America team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday.

Paul was CU’s team leader in stroke average at 70.24, which was also good for fourth in the Pac-12 Conference and 11th in the nation, and in the process set the CU single-season record; he broke his older twin’s (Jeremy) mark of 70.66 set in 2015-16.

His spring average of 69.64 shattered the old best as well, and became the first school record for an average under 70 in any category. He was the team leader or tied for the lead in 21 statistical categories, perhaps the most impressive the fact that he has just six holes out of 612 worse than bogey all year (four doubles and two triples).

Paul became CU’s first golfer to earn first-team All-Pac 12 recognition when honored this past season, when he became the seventh player in school history to play in four NCAA Championships, and the 25th to play in four conference championships. He was also CU’s co-Male Athlete of the Year for all sports, sharing the honor with skier Ola Johansen.

“Yannik being named to the All-America team is recognition of an outstanding year,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said. “It is a bi-product of all of his hard work and determination. He is now in a special group of Buff greats.”

He is the 20th Buffalo to earn some kind of All-America recognition, the fifth in the 12 years that Edwards has been at the reins of the CU program. All were named honorable mention: Edward McGlasson (2006), Patrick Grady and Derek Tolan (2009) and Jeremy Paul (2016). Grady is now CU’s assistant coach.