Three Cougar Golfers Named to All-MWC

Junior Greg Machtaler was one of three Cougar golfers name to the All-Mountain West Conference golf team. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SUNRIVER -- As the BYU men's golf team awaits the announcement of the NCAA regional pairings, Oscar Alvarez, Greg Machtaler and Jake Ellison can sit back relax and enjoy being named to the All-Mountain West Conference Golf Team.

The announcement was made at the conclusion of last week's MWC Men's Golf Championship. BYU golfers claimed three of the 11 spots on the team, tying Colorado State for the most individuals on the team.

Each golfer has made a steady contribution to the No. 22 Cougars' success this year.

Oscar Alvarez

Alvarez ended the regular season No. 6 on the conference leader board with a 71.67 stroke average. He also finished the season ranked No. 64 in the nation by Golfweek.

He capped off the regular season with a strong showing at the MWC championship. During the three-day tournament, Alvarez tied for No. 6 with a 3-under performance.

He led the Cougars in scoring four times this season. Alvarez carded his season low 209 at the Barona Collegiate Cup in the fall. Twice in the spring, he has stroked a three-round total of 210.

Alvarez's best finish came at the Border Olympics this spring when the tied for fourth place.

Only a sophomore, Alvarez looks to help lead the team to great achievements next season.

Greg Machtaler

For the second consecutive year, Greg Machtaler was named to the All-MWC golf team.

This season, Machtaler continued his steady play by averaging 72.27 stokes per round. This average helped propel Machtaler to No. 8 on the conference leader board, tied with fellow Cougar Jake Ellison.

Machtaler is currently ranked No. 115 by Golfweek.

Jake Ellison

In just his first season at BYU, Ellison proved to be one to the top golfers for the Cougars. After transferring from Georgia Tech, the St. George native led the Cougars in scoring three times.

At both the Morris Williams Invitational and the Prestige, Ellison finished tied for third place. His single-round score of 65 at the Morris Williams Invitational was the Cougars' lowest of the year.

Ellison finished the season ranked No. 121 by Golfweek and tied the Cougars' Machtaler for No. 8 on the conference leader board.

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