Moore, Nichols Named Athletes of the Year
Aug. 1, 2005
LAS VEGAS - Men's golf star Ryan Moore has been named the 2005 UNLV Sportsman of the Year, while women's softball standout Marissa Nichols won the Sportswoman of the Year award, the UNLV athletics department announced Monday.
Moore, now a four-time recipient of the award (2002, 2003 and 2004 also), completed his senior year this past spring with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, a title he won in 2004. He won the Hogan, Nicklaus and Haskins awards for national collegiate player of the year, becoming just the second Rebel to ever win his respective sport's national collegiate player of the year award (the first was men's basketball's Larry Johnson).
Moore, from Puyallup, Wash., was selected a 2005 first team All-American and the four-time All-American became just the third UNLV golfer in program history to earn first team honors twice. He also captured the Golfstat Cup title, which is awarded annually to the golfer with the lowest yearly scoring average and was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the entire season. Moore ended the year with a 69.39 scoring average, which is the second lowest in NCAA history.
Moore was named MWC Golfer of the Year for the second straight year and made the All-MWC team for the fourth time. He won three collegiate tournaments this season, which brought his career total to seven wins, a UNLV record.
The low amateur at the 2005 Masters with a 13th-place finish, Moore came off the summer of 2004 by winning the U.S. Amateur, the NCAA, U.S. Amateur Public Links, Western Amateur and Sahalee Players Championships, a feat that had never been accomplished in the same year before.
Nichols, from Diamond Bar, Calif., finished her freshman year at UNLV by earning NFCA first team All-America honors becoming the first Rebel softball player recognized as such since 2000.
Nichols was also selected to the NFCA All-West Region first team after finishing second nationally in runs scored per game, ninth in triples and stolen bases per game, 12th in batting average and 22nd in home runs per game.
She was named MWC Freshman of the Year and was a member of the All-MWC and MWC All-Tournament teams. Additionally, she was selected the MWC Player of the Week a record six times.
Nichols holds UNLV single-season records in hits (89), home runs (18), runs (66), total bases (176) and stolen bases (35). She was chosen to play for Team USA's Elite Team this summer.
The Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards were voted on by head coaches, administrators and sports information personnel at UNLV.