Cassetty wins men's golf team's Darcy Most Valuable Player Award

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Tyler Cassetty, who posted the low season average on the Tennessee Tech men's golf team, was the recipient of the Glbert Darcy Most Valuable Player Award and shared the Most Dedicated Player Award. The 2010-11 team awards were announced this week by head coach Craig King.

The MVP award is named to honor the father of former TTU golf captain Randy Darcy.

A fourth-year member of the squad from Whitleyville, Tenn., Cassetty played 24 rounds in nine tournaments and maintained a 73.8 stroke average, carding seven rounds under par. His top finish of the year came at the Grover Page Classsic where he went four-under par and placed second. That tournament also featured Cassetty's lowest round of the year, a 68 in the first round of the UT Martin-hosted event held at the Jackson Country Club. He was second on the team and 17th overall at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships to wrap up the season.

"Tyler played at No. 1 all year, and he was a quality player who played much closer to his potential," King said. "He was coming off a redshirt year and he did a good job, and I expect an even better year from him next year."

Cassetty, who returned to action this season after spending a redshirt year in 2009-2010, shared the Most Dedicated Player award with Sam Schrock, a freshman from Kingston, Tenn. Schrock also played in all nine tournament and saw 24 rounds of competition while posting a 76.6 average to rank fourth on the team in his rookie season. Schrock had five rounds under par, and his best finish was a tie for 11th place individually at Tennessee State's Big Blue Classic.

The Impact Award, which typically goes to a first-year player, was given to Mason Griffin, a freshman from Kingston, Tenn. Griffin was second on the team with a 74.7 average in nine tournament. He tied for fourth place at the Big Blue Classic to earn all-tournament honors. He was third on the team and 22nd overall at the OVC Championships.

Greg Kitts, a redshirt freshman from Caryville, Tenn., was named the Most Improved Player. after sitting out the 2009-10 season, Kitts made his playing debut this season and finished third on the team with a 76.0 average.

Lee Maxwell, a sophomore from Cookeville, won his second consecutive Best Putter Award. Travis Ramsey, a  junior from Grimsley, Tenn., won the Long Hitter Award.