June 23, 2006
Los Angeles, CA (June 23) - Loyola Marymount men's golf incoming freshman Brandin Cohen was named Daily Breeze Co-Golfer of the Year after winning the Bay League individual championship this spring for Mira Costa High School. Cohen makes it two in a row for the Lions, as LMU standout Brian Locke earned the honor a year ago.
Cohen, who committed to the Lions' program in November of 2006, led Mira Costa High school to a 19-2 record and the CIF Western Divisional Championship. It is the second year the Daily Breeze has named a Golfer of the Year, as each one has become a Lion. Last year's winner, Locke, had a standout senior season at St. Bernard's and went onto earn All-America and West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors in his first season at LMU.
After helping Mira Costa go 24-0 as a junior, Cohen returned to post the second lowerst average in the league over nine holes at 36.375. He reached the Southern Section individual final and played in 21 matches on the year. He had 11 birdies and did not have a score worse than bogey all season.
Sharing the Golfer of the Year honor with Cohen this year was high school teammate Evan Derian.
Cohen joins the Lions at the right time. LMU won its first ever WCC Championship behind Locke and another former Mira Costa standout, LMU sophomore Jason D'Amore. The Lions went on to place in a tie for sixth in its first ever NCAA regional and qualified for the programs first NCAA championship. LMU would finish in the top 30 nationally.
Like the golf team, Loyola Marymount is coming off one of its best year's as a program, winning the 2005-06 West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup - an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league's top performing school in conference play.