Stanford senior golfer a finalist for Byron Nelson Award

Stanford senior Cameron Wilson is one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award, as announced Tuesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Wilson made the final cut for the award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon along with Brandon Hagy and Joel Stalter of Cal, Northwestern's Jack Perry and Alabama's Cory Whitsett.

Candidates for the Nelson Award must be a graduating senior, and the selection committee considers equally a nominee's entire collegiate academic and golf career as well as his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration is given to a nominee's good citizenship, as portrayed by Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career.

The recipient of the Nelson Award will be named May 1.

Wilson is also the top-ranked United States player in the Palmer Cup Player Rankings released April 2.

Women's soccer

Hideki Nakada, a goalkeeper at University of San Francisco and in Japan's J-League, has joined the Stanford women's soccer coaching staff, head coach Paul Ratcliffe announced.

Nakada replaces Jay Cooney, who spent 11 years at Stanford before leaving to coach goalkeepers with Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League. Nakada arrives from University of Oregon, where he was the program's defensive coach and recruiting coordinator last season.

At Stanford, Nakada will work with goalkeepers Jane Campbell and Sarah Cox, and incoming freshman Alison Jahansouz. He also will serve as Stanford's scouting and video coordinator.

"It's not too often you get to be a part of one of the very best universities in the world and one of the elite soccer programs in the country," Nakada said. "I'm very fortunate."

Nakada joins a Stanford team that is coming off a 15-6-1 season and an eighth consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance. He will immediately go to work.

Stanford began its five-match spring season Saturday with a 3-2 victory over USF, thanks to three goals from freshman Ryan Walker-Hartshorn, and next plays Saturday, April 19, against visiting Nevada at 1 p.m. That will be Nakada's first match on the Stanford bench.

— Stanford Athletics


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