Jackson Koivun wins Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award


NORMAN, Okla. – Jackson Koivun of Auburn men's golf has been named the recipient of the 2024 NCAA Division I Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award presented by StrackaLine, as announced by the GCAA Thursday.
Koivun finished inside the top 10 in 12 of his 13 tournaments, including a national runner up finish at the 2024 NCAA Championship, and had the lowest adjusted scoring average in Division I (67.3) this season.
The Chapel Hill, North Carolina native was a co-medalist at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate in March and won the Southeastern Conference Individual Championship by six strokes with 16 birdies. Koivun led the top-ranked Tigers to a colossal 10 tournament wins, including their fifth SEC Championship and first national championship in program history, by carding a combined 7-0 record in match play.
Setting the school records for most subpar rounds and birdies made in a single season, he became the program's first and conference's third to earn SEC Freshman and Player of the Year in the same season.
Koivun joined Rickie Fowler (2008) as the only freshmen to receive the Ben Hogan Award. A PING First-Team All-American, he was also selected to compete for Team USA in the 2024 Arnold Palmer Cup alongside teammates Brendan Valdes .
Ryder Cowan of Oklahoma, Wenyi Ding of Arizona State, Max Herendeen of Illinois, and Jack Turner of Florida joined Koivun on the GCAA's All-Freshman Team.