Fresno State: (2009-10) Competed in 13 tournaments ... had an average score of 74.18 ... shot a low round of 65 at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational ... (2008-09) Competed in 10 tournaments ... boasted a 74.92 stroke average ... shot a low round of 68 ... best finish of the season came at the Fresno State Lexus Classic where he tied for 14th ... had 66 birdies and two eagles ... WAC Scholar Athlete ... team's Most Improved Player. (2007-08) Competed in 13 tournaments as a freshman ... averaged 74.94 strokes per round ... highlighted his season with his first career win at the Elco, Inc. Intercollegiate becoming the first player ever to score in the 60's all three rounds, finishing at a tournament-record 10-under 206 ... shot a low round 68 ... had four rounds in the 60s ... had four eagles and 66 birdies ... won the Outlaw Cup, shooting a low round of 67 and went seven-under par with a total of 209 ... as a freshman earned the teams Most Outstanding Freshman Award.
Quartz Hill HS: Scoring average of 71 ... low round of 66 ... First-Team All-Area ... Golden League Champion in 2006-07 ... second place in AJGA Las Vegas Founders 2007 ... played for Boys Southern California Team in 2006.
Personal: Born February 19, 1989, ... parents are Jenny and Curt Gideon... has two brothers, Mitch and Daniel ... enjoys motorcross, snowboarding, wakeboarding, surfing, playing piano, guitar and drums ... lists his biggest athletic thrill as winning golf tournaments ... admires his father because he works hard to support the family ... chose Fresno State because of the great athletic program and Coach Watney.
Watney on Gideon:"Last year I said that Michael was a young man with a very bright future in college golf. I didn't know that the future would show itself so quickly. In only his freshman year, Michael won the CSU Bakersfield invitational and had several other excellent tournaments. Quite frankly, Mike is improving at a quicker pace than I thought possible. The key as I see it is two things. Michael is an outstanding driver of the golf ball. The second asset that sets him apart is his mental toughness. Golf is a game of constant setbacks. The tougher you are, the better you can deal with the setbacks. Mike seems to handle the setbacks better than most players. Then he gets on a birdie run or even throws in an eagle and he's right back in the hunt. Mike has three years left and they are going to be really exciting."
Gideon's Career Scorecard: