IRVINE, Calif. – Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Keita Okada and Ryan Torres were named to the 2021 All-PacWest Conference Golf Team when the conference announced the selections on Tuesday, with Okada named PacWest Freshman of the Year.
Okada, freshman from Tokyo, Japan/Bradenton Fla. IMG Academy, won the 2021 PacWest Individual Champion in a school-record 3-under 207 at Waikoloa on the Big Island and was red-hot in April, winning his last three tournaments and posting seven straight rounds of par or better. He was named to the All-PacWest First Team as a frosh, with a scoring average of 72.36. He became just the second HPU golfer to reach the NCAA Regionals with his selection to the 2021 West/South Central Regional as the top individual.
Torres, a senior from San Jose, Calif./Evergreen Valley, was named to the All-PacWest Third Team. Torres tied for third at the 2021 PacWest Championships, finishing at even-par 210, three strokes behind Okada. He finished sixth or better in seven of his nine tournaments during the 2020-21 season with a stroke average of 75.94. He was in the top four times, including his last events.
Joining Okada as a special award winner is PacWest Golfer of the Year Julius Kreutzer of Academy of Art and ART U’s Andy Moren as the PacWest Coach of the Year.
Okada plays in the NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.
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|2021 PACWEST MEN’S GOLF AWARDS|
|Golfer of the Year||Freshman of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|Julius KreutzerAcademy of Art||Keita OkadaHawai`i Pacific||Andy MorenAcademy of Art|
|2021 ALL-PACWEST MEN’S GOLF|
|Luke Dugger||Holy Names||Sr.||Davis, Calif./Davis|
|Dustin Franko||Hawai`i Hilo||Jr.||Delta, B.C./Douglas|
|Julius Kreutzer||Academy of Art||Jr.||Timmendorfer Strand, Germany/New Mexico CC|
|Keita Okada||Hawai`i Pacific||Fr.||Tokyo, Japan/IMG Academy|
|Matthew Watkins **||Academy of Art||Jr.||Novato, Calif./Novato|
|Blas Ayesa||Holy Names||Fr.||Mar Del Plata, Argentina/Instituto San Alberto|
|Matt Fry *||Dominican||GS||Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills|
|Otto Homruen||Academy of Art||Sr.||Hua Hin, Thailand, Barton CC|
|Gabriel Manotoc **||Academy of Art||Sr.||Santa Rosa, Philippines/Acacia Waldorf|
|Hoshi Yadav||Holy Names||So.||Dubai, UAE/Emirates International|
|Ryan Lu||Holy Names||Jr.||San Leandro, Calif./Moreau Catholic|
|Aniceto Mandanas *||Holy Names||Jr.||Muntinlupa, Philippines/De La Salle SantiagoZobel|
|Andrew Otani||Hawai`i Hilo||So.||Honolulu/Iolani|
|Juan Diego Sanchez||Holy Names||Sr.||Guadalajara, Mexico/Liceo Del Valle|
|Ryan Torres||Hawai`i Pacific||Sr.||San Jose, Calif./San Jose|
*Previous All-PacWest selection