Big South Announces Men's Golfer of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Winthrop junior Kamito Hirai (Summerville, S.C.) has been selected the Choice Hotels Big South Men'sGolfer of the Week for events played March 22-28, it was announced today by the Conference office.

Hirai captured his first collegiate tournament title as he shot a 2-under par 211 (72-70-69) at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate (par 71, 6,831 yards) that was played on the Kingsmill Resort-River Course in Williamsburg, Va.  He was two shots off the lead heading into the final day and carded a final round 69 to win by two strokes.  His performance helped Winthrop to an eighth-place finish in the 29-team field, a jump from a tie for 19th-place heading into the final round.

Other Men's Golfer of the Week nominees: Weston Eklund (Radford).

2011-12 Big South Men's Golfers of the Week
Feb. 2 - Robert Karlsson, Liberty
Feb. 17 - Robert Karlsson, Liberty
March 9 - Jacobo Pastor, Charleston Southern & Sam Stewart, High Point
March 15 - Vaita Guillaume, Campbell
March 22 - Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina
March 29 - Kamito Hirai, Winthrop

Sept. 15 - Andrew Gai, Campbell
Sept. 22 - Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 30 - Ross Thomson, Charleston Southern
Oct. 7 - Kristopher Gray, Gardner-Webb
Oct. 13 - Andrew Gai, Campbell
Oct. 21 - Kristopher Gray, Gardner-Webb & Matt Sizemore, Presbyterian College & Vaita Guillaume, Campbell
Oct. 27 - Robert Karlsson, Liberty
Nov. 3 - Kristopher Gray, Gardner-Webb
Nov. 10 - Chase Wilson, High Point