Dec. 4, 2009
Former University of New Mexico men's golfer Jon Sauer has been named the Minnesota Golf Association Men's Player of the Year for 2009. Sauer edged out current Lobo junior Travis Ross 668.33-635 in the 2009 MGA Men's Players Points Standings to capture the award. The duo were the only men's golfers in the state to amass over 600 points.
A St. Cloud, Minn. native, Sauer concluded his career with the Lobos this past spring, having excelled both on the golf course and in the classroom. He graduated with a 4.02 GPA majoring in Management. For his efforts in the classroom, Sauer was named to the UNM All-Academic Team and the 2008-09 Lobo Club Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
On the course, Sauer finished with a 73.53 stroke average over 38 rounds and five top-20 finishes. Sauer took part in every varsity event his senior year, leading the Lobos in scoring average (72.67) and top-20 appearances (3) though the fall 2008 season.
Since leaving New Mexico, Sauer paired with Tom Jenkins to capture the MPGA Four-Ball Championship. He also earned a trio of runner-up finishes at the MGA Amateur Championship, the Minnesota State Open, and the MPGA State Publinks. Sauer reached the quarterfinals of the MGA Players' (match-play) Championship and made the match-play portion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
"I'm honored," Sauer said of receiving the award. "This is something that has been in the back of my mind for the past couple of years. I'm very pleased."
"I played good, consistent golf all summer," Sauer said. "I think that's what this award recognizes. I'm pleased with my effort from start to finish."
Sauer finished sixth for the award in 2008 and 32nd in 2007.
Since 1975, MGA has awarded player points for top finishes in MGA (and allied association) championships, plus select regional, national and international events.