Tain Lee (SO, San Juan Capistrano) has been named the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award recipient as the Golf Coaches Association of America Collegiate Player of the Year. He was recognized for Division III award along with the winners from the other Divisions by Mr. Nicklaus during the final round of the Memorial Tournament.
Lee, a PING Division III All-America First-Team honoree and SCIAC Player of the Year, won five times this year including the NCAA Championships, SCIAC Championships, the CLU Kingsmen Invitational and CMS Invitational and a dual match with Cal State Fullerton. He has also had three runner-up finishes and two additional top fives. In 13 events, Lee only placed outside the top five three times with his worst finish tied-13th. Lee led the Division III Championships wire-to-wire and birdied three of his last seven holes to secure the victory.
Jack Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988. The award is presented annually by the Golf Coaches Association of America to a player who excels throughout the course of the entire season. Winners must exhibit consistently high finishes to receive this player of the year honor.