Herrera named finalist for Niklaus Award

Nicolas Herrera was named a finalist for the 2017 Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award.
Nicolas Herrera was named a finalist for the 2017 Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award.

NORMAN, Okla. – BYU-Hawaii's Nicolas Herrera was named a finalist for the 2017 Division II Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol as announced Thursday.

Herrera advanced to the NCAA Championships after finishing in second with a 12 under par at the 2017 NCAA Division II Men's Golf West/South Central Regional. He led the Seasiders to their first ever PacWest Men's Golf Championship after posting a 14 under in the 54-hole tournament. He is currently averaging a 69.75 in his 24 rounds played this season, second in Division II and fifth among all collegiate golfers. His lowest round of 62 is tied for the seventh lowest in collegiate golf this season. He has carded par or better for 17 straight rounds.

Herrera has totaled six eagles and 112 birdies this season, leading BYU-Hawaii five first place finishes on the season, including the final four tournaments of the season. The Seasiders enter regional play as the top-ranked team in the west region and having earned their highest national ranking of No. 11 from the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Nicklaus Award recipients will be announced June 1 with the honor 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 20-23, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Ala. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 3 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.

You can see a full list of the semifinalists here.