DICKSON, Tenn. – Brendon Caballero and Ben Reeves, both members of The University of Tennessee at Martin golf team, racked up top accolades this evening at the Ohio Valley Conference championship banquet.
Caballero was named to the 10-man All-OVC team, while Reeves earned a spot on the All-OVC Newcomer squad and was also named the league’s Freshman of the Year, as voted on by the league’s head coaches. Caballero is the first UT Martin golfer to receive All-OVC accolades under head coach Jerry Carpenter, while Reeves is the first Skyhawk to ever be named Freshman of the Year.
The award was a fitting end to a spectacular day for Caballero, a native of Brentwood, Tenn. After shooting a 69 to lead all golfers in the first round of the OVC championships, Caballero received his award just one year after he was named to the All-OVC Newcomer squad.
Caballero’s best outings came in the first round of the Wasioto Winds Fall Kickoff on Sept. 10 and the third round of the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate on April 16, as he carded a 68 in both rounds. He led the Skyhawks in stroke average (73.5, 10th in the OVC), last round scoring (73.27), par 4 scoring (4.15), par 5 scoring (4.79), eagles (two), birdies (87), subpar strokes per round (3.03), ham and egg (11/3), least bogeys per round (3.23) and greens in regulation (.677). He also paced UT Martin and ranked fifth in the nation in fairways hit (.826).
“Brendon is the first person to be selected All-OVC during my coaching career,” Carpenter said. “He is an honor student and is a leader on the team. He is a very good golfer that knows how to play a golf course and post some good scores. He works extremely hard on his game each day and strives to improve with each practice session.”
Reeves has been a revelation for the Skyhawks in his debut season. He ranks just behind Caballero (11th) in the OVC in stroke average (73.8). He tallied a pair of OVC Golfer of the Week awards after capturing medalist honors at the Frito Lay/Taco Bell Intercollegiate (Feb. 18) and finishing second at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate (March 19).
The Knoxville, Tenn. native ranked first on the team in most subpar holes (seven), first round average (73.22), par 3 scoring (3.19), least double bogeys per round (0.33), putting par (0.82), average putts (30.32), putts on GIR (1.834) and total short game (.562). His best round this season (68) came in the first round of the Frito Lay/Taco Bell Intercollegiate.
“Ben is certainly deserving of this prestigious award,” Carpenter said. “He is a very good golfer, outstanding person, 4.0 GPA pre-med student and a leader on campus. He always thinks of the team first – he does not worry about individual accomplishments. He is a very hard worker that comes to practice each day with a plan on how he is going to improve his golf game.”
Carpenter believes the key to Caballero’s and Reeves’ success was the repetitions that the duo received in the new Rhodes Golf Center on campus.
“The Rhodes Golf Center has helped develop not only Brendon and Ben, but all of our players,” Carpenter said.
The Skyhawks return to action for Round 2 of the OVC championships on Friday, April 26 at 8 a.m.