Senior Chris Crisologo, who will lead Simon

Senior Chris Crisologo, who will lead Simon Fraser University into the 2018 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf West/South Central Regional beginning Monday in Amarillo, Texas, has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award.

The Richmond native, a three-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year and three-time NCAA All-American, is one of 30 semi-finalists for the award.

NCAA Division II finalists for the award will be named May 17 and Nicklaus Award recipients will be announced May 31 with the honour presented by Jack Nicklaus at a ceremony during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

In addition to receiving the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship, held July 16-22, at the Champions at Keene Trace in Lexington, Ky. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 2 at the storied Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio – the same club where Jack Nicklaus first learned the game of golf as a young boy.

Crisologo, the first four-time First Team All-GNAC men’s golf selection, carries a 70.6 stroke average. He had seven top-five finishes during the season in collegiate competition, became the youngest member of Canada’s national amateur squad in October and then became the first Canadian to win the South American Amateur. He was named Lorne Davies Male Athlete of the Year at the 2018 SFU Awards Show.

Crisologo will also make his fourth appearance at the NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional next week in Amarillo, Texas while the men’s golf team will be competing in the NCAA Super Regional for the fourth time in five years. SFU has qualified twice for the NCAA Championship.  In 2015, SFU tied as the fifth best team in division II. It is the Clan’s highest finish ever. In 2014, the team finished 17th in its only other appearance in the NCAA championship.