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2016 Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award presented by Golf Pride Grips Announced
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The GCAA in conjunction with Golf Pride Grips today announced the six outstanding collegiate golf coaches receiving the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award presented by Golf Pride Grips. Golf Pride Grips will present the coaches with their awards during the Hall of Fame Banquet at the GCAA National Convention on December 12. John Fields of Texas (Division I), Chris Greenwood of Saint Leo (Division II), Bim Jollymour of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Division III), Kyle Blaser of Oklahoma City (NAIA), Delnor Poss of Midland College (NJCAA Division I) and Darin Pint of Kirkwood (NJCAA Division II) earned coach of the year honors for 2016. Golf Pride Grips Region and District Coaches of the Year were also named. Fields guided Texas to seven team wins and two runner-ups, including a runner-up finish at the 2016 National Championship in extra holes. Texas won its fourth-straight Big 12 Championship and advanced to its 10th-straight NCAA Championship appearance under Fields. Fields was named Big 12 Coach of the Year and landed three golfers on the All-Big 12 team. The Longhorns finished in the top four in 10 straight events. Fields coached a squad where five golfers finished in the top-10 and two earned medalist honors at least twice. This marks Fields second Williams Award. Greenwood led Saint Leo to its first national championship in 2016. The Lions captured three team titles this season, including the national title, and finished in the top five in 11 of 12 tournaments. The team set the NCAA Championship record for team score through 36 and 54 holes. Freshman Hugo Bernard set the championships 36 and 54 hole record en route to earning national championship medalist honors. Jollymour led Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to the program’s first NCAA Division III National Championship. The team took an 11-stroke lead after the first day and eventually won by six strokes for the title. Under Jollymour, the Stags have made 11 trips to the NCAA tournament including nine consecutive appearances and three top-5 finishes. CMS won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and Jollymour was named its coach of the year. Oklahoma City posted six first-place finishes, including the NAIA National Championships and Sooner Athletic Conference Championship. Blaser’s squad was also runner-up twice. Oklahoma City’s worst finish in 10 events was seventh. Two Stars golfers captured individual medalist honors and three earned PING First-Team All-America honors. This year’s Williams Award marks the eighth time Blaser has received the honor. Poss guided Midland College to eight victories this season. The Chapparals were runner-up in every other event they played with the exception of the NJCAA Division I Championship, where they finished third. Four Midland golfers won medalist honors this season. Midland finished the regular season ranked second in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll Kirkwood claimed seven wins this season. Additionaly, Pint led the Eagles to three runner-up finishes, including the NJCAA Division II National Championships. Kirkwood did not finish outside the top three in 14 tournaments this season. Three Eagles claimed medalist honors in 2015-16. About Golf Pride Grips:
For over six decades, Golf Pride has been the global leader in golf grip innovation and technology, from the invention of the slip-on grip to groundbreaking advancements in cord with our new Brushed Cotton Technology (BCT®) to the introduction of the hybrid category of grips. Today, Golf Pride® has laid claim to more major wins than any other grip company. More than 80% of Tour professionals choose to play our grips and not one is paid to do so. And in this age of multi-million dollar endorsement deals, that’s the strongest endorsement of all. So, whether you’re a Tour pro playing a major, a rising amateur, or an everyday golfer, you can rest assured knowing you’re playing the #1 Grip in Golf, visit www.golfpride.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GolfPride. Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award Presented by Golf Pride Grips Division I - John Fields, Texas
Division II - Chris Greenwood, Saint Leo
Division III - Bim Jollymour, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
NAIA - Kyle Blaser, Oklahoma City
NJCAA Division I - Delnor Poss, Midland College
NJCAA Division II - Darin Pint, Kirkwood Golf Pride Grips Region and District Coaches of the Year Division I
Northeast - Greg Nye, Penn State
East - Larry Penley, Clemson
Southeast - Scott Limbaugh, Vanderbilt
Midwest - Mike Small, Illinois
Central - John Fields, Texas
West - Conrad Ray, Stanford Division II
East - Stephen Ferrara, St. Thomas Aquinas
Atlantic - Will Johnson, Charleston
Southeast - Darcy Donaldson, Georgia Southwestern
South - Chris Greenwood, Saint Leo
Midwest - Troy Halterman, Missouri-St. Louis
Central - Tim Poe, Central Missouri
South Central - David Lynn, Oklahoma Christian
West - TL Brown, Chico State Division III
Northeast - Tom Oppedisano, Skidmore
Mid-Atlantic - Andy Tompos, Franklin & Marshall
Southeast - Dave Schreyer, Huntingdon
Great Lakes - Jeff Roope, Wittenberg
Central - Scott Proshek, St. Thomas (MN)
West - Bim Jollymour, Clarement-Mudd-Scripps NAIA
North - Barry Doty, William Woods
South - AJ Broderick, Johnson & Wales (FL)
Central - Kyle Blaser, Oklahoma City
West - Chris MacDonald, British Columbia NJCAA Division I
District I - Clark Rustand, Pima
District II - Delnor Poss, Midland College
District III - Derrick Thompson, Iowa Western
District IV - Jamie Howell, Eastern Florida State NJCAA Division II
East - Josh Williams, Owens
Central - Tommy Snell, Mississippi Gulf Coast
West - Andy Walker, South Mountain
2016 Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Barbasol Recipients Announced
DUBLIN, Ohio – Jon Rahm (Arizona State), John Coultas (Florida Southern), Addison Lambeth (Huntingdon), Peter French (Johnson & Wales (FL)) and Kerry Sweeney (Eastern Florida State) have been named the 2016 recipients of the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. The Nicklaus Award recognizes the top players at the Division I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA levels. In addition to receiving the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship, held July 14-17, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Ala. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 4 at storied Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio — the same club where Jack Nicklaus learned the game of golf as a young boy. Mr. Nicklaus will recognize the Nicklaus Award recipients the following day at 10 am during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club. “We are honored to sponsor the Jack Nicklaus Award and to offer the Barbasol Shootout winner an exemption into the Barbasol Championship.” said Tom Murray, President and CEO of Perio Inc., the parent company of Barbasol. “To earn the exemption, regardless of Division, offers a unique and life-changing opportunity to play in a PGA TOUR event.” Rahm, the Division I Nicklaus Award recipient, will also receive an exemption to the following year’s Memorial Tournament. Division I: A senior from Barrika, Spain, Rahm won four times this season. He became the second player in Arizona State history, and the first since 1997, to record a top-10 finish in every outing in a season as he notched the feat in all 13 tournaments. Rahm’s nation’s best 69.41 stroke average is seventh best in NCAA history. He posted nine top-five finishes and in 41 rounds shot par or better 35 times, including 22 rounds in the 60s, this season. Not only did he lead the nation in scoring average (69.41), according to Golfstat he also was the nation’s leader in score versus par (-1.78), par-4 scoring (3.93) and birdies (171) and was second in par-5 scoring (4.51). Rahm was previously named recipient of the Ben Hogan Award, becoming the honors’ first two-time recipient. Division II: A sophomore from Valrico, Fla., Coultas was named a PING First-Team All-American for the second consecutive season and was also tabbed the Sunshine State Conference Golfer of the Year. On the season, he won two tournaments and had six additional top-five showings. He also finished inside the top 14 in all but one of his 11 events and posted a team-best 23 rounds of par or better, including 12 rounds in the 60s on the year. Coultas is ranked No. 2 among all Division II players with an adjusted scoring average of 70.95. He helped lead the Mocs to a national semifinalist finish at this year’s Division II National Championships. Coultas was the winner of Florida Southern’s Hal Smeltzly Award, which is given annually to FSC’s top male and female student-athlete. Division III: A native of Greensboro, N.C., Lambeth was a PING First-Team All-American, All-Region and All-Conference selection. The junior averaged 72.37 per round this season. He shot par-or-better 14 times in 27 rounds, including nine straight rounds of par-or-better at one point. In 11 tournaments, Lambeth had two wins and five additional top-five finishes. Away from the course, Lambeth had a 4.0 GPA this spring. He was named to the Huntingdon College Dean’s List and was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar. Between his sophomore season at Appalachian State and his junior season at Huntingdon, Lambeth spent five years in the United States Marine Corps before being honorably discharged in July 2015. During part of his time in the Marine Corps, he served as part of the President’s security detail. He also continued to play golf, winning the All-Marine Championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014. NAIA: A Senior from Franklin, Mass., French won three events on the season, including the Sun Conference Championship. Additionally, he recorded three additional top-five finishes and placed in the top 10 on 11 occasions. French closed the season with a 72.17 scoring average. The PING First-Team All-America selection set Johnson & Wales scoring records for 18 (63) and 54 holes (202) at the ACU Spring Invitational. French was named the Sun Conference Player of the Year and the Johnson & Wales Athlete of the Year. NJCAA: Hailing from Melbourne, Fla., Sweeney became the first NJCAA player to win the Nicklaus Award back-to-back. Additionally, he is one of six college golfers to win multiple Nicklaus Awards. Sweeney posted two victories on the season, including the NJCAA Division I Championship. He carded a bogey-free 7-under 65 in the final round of the NJCAA Championships for a come-from-behind victory. Sweeney also posted three runner-up finishes. He finished outside the top 10 only twice in 10 tournaments. Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988 and it is now presented to the National Player of the year in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as NAIA and NJCAA. Winners of the Nicklaus Award include Tiger Woods (1996), Phil Mickelson (1990-92), David Duval (1993), Justin Leonard (1994), Stewart Cink (1995), Luke Donald (1999), Hunter Mahan (2003), Bill Haas (2004), Ryan Moore (2005) and Justin Thomas (2012) among many others. Award recipients have combined for over 200 victories worldwide and claimed 22 major championships. About Barbasol:
Barbasol is America’s #1 brand of shaving cream. For nearly 100 years, generations of men have trusted Barbasol for a close, comfortable shave. Offered in 7 premium varieties (Original, Soothing Aloe, Pacific Rush, Sensitive Skin, Skin Conditioner, Arctic Chill and Extra Moisturizing), Barbasol is available at all major retailers and continues to be made in America. For more information, visit Barbasol.com or follow @BarbasolShave on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Barbasolshave. Barbasol is owned by Dublin, Ohio-based Perio Inc.
Rahm Repeats as Ben Hogan Award Winner
FORT WORTH, Texas (May 23, 2016) – Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) have announced that Arizona State senior Jon Rahm is the 2016 winner of The Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta). He becomes the first player ever to win the award more than once. Rahm was crowned the winner over fellow finalists Maverick McNealy of Stanford and Beau Hossler of Texas at a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club prior to the start of the PGA TOUR’s Dean & DeLuca Invitational. All three finalists were ranked among the top six in all four major ranking systems–World Amateur Golf Ranking, Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking and Golfstat Individual Ranking. Rahm is the world’s top-ranked amateur according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking and Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking. He also ranks third in the Golfstat Rankings. The senior has secured top-10 placements in all 12 collegiate events for the Sun Devils this year. He is tied for second nationally with four victories, which includes wins in three of his last four starts. The senior, who carries a 69.38 scoring average and won the Pac-12 Championships by four strokes, was named first-team All-Pac-12 Conference. Last week, he won the NCAA New Mexico Regional by five shots to help Arizona State to a team victory and a berth in the NCAA Championships. Last summer, Rahm won the Spanish Amateur individual title, advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Championship and tied for eighth at the European Amateur Team Championship. The native of Barrika, Spain, also competed for Team Europe at the 2015 Palmer Cup, and was named the winner of the 2015 Mark H. McCormack Medal. In November, Rahm notched his second career top-10 PGA TOUR finish by sharing 10th place at the OHL at Mayakoba Classic. He also made the cut in another event on the TOUR, tying for 64th at the 2015 Travelers Championship. The 2016 Ben Hogan Award recipient will receive an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s 2017 Dean & DeLuca Invitational, as well as earn a $30,000 grant for its men’s golf scholarship program. The other two finalists’ schools each will receive grants of $15,000. This year, a record $84,000 in scholarship grants will be distributed to 11 schools, bringing the total to more than $500,000 since 2002. The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the 12-month period dating from the previous award’s banquet. The selection committee is made up of two dozen leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf. In order to determine the winner, each committee member cast a ballot that ranked the finalists from 1-3. The award was first presented in 1990 through the Friends of Golf and Bel-Air Country Club and included academic achievement in its original list of standards. Its criteria was revised for the 2001-02 collegiate season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer and the award was moved to Colonial Country Club. Since that time, the winners include: D.J. Trahan (Clemson, 2002), Ricky Barnes (Arizona, 2003), Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), Ryan Moore (UNLV, 2005), Matt Every (Florida, 2006), Chris Kirk (Georgia, 2007), Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008), Kyle Stanley (Clemson, 2009), Nick Taylor (Washington, 2010), Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State, 2011), Patrick Cantlay (UCLA, 2012), Chris Williams (Washington, 2013), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford, 2014) and Rahm (Arizona State, 2015). With Rahm’s wins in 2015 and 2015, a player from the Pac-12 Conference has won The Ben Hogan Award five consecutive years. Arizona State joins Oklahoma State (3), Washington (2) and Clemson (2) as schools honored more than once since 2002. About Konica Minolta Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers’ speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards and recognition, including placement in the Leaders Quadrant on the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services (MPS) and Managed Content Services (MCS). Konica Minolta has been recognized as the#1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for nine consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for four years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.countonkonicaminolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter @konicaminoltaus.
DiBitetto Recipient of Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf
NORMAN, Okla. – North Carolina’s Andrew DiBitetto was named recipient of the 2016 Jan Strickland Award presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf as selected by the GCAA. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that, among other things, has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom. “I’m grateful and humbled to win this award,” said DiBitetto. “To be recognized and selected by my respected colleagues and peers means a great deal to me. Although this award is given to an individual, in this case, it is absolutely a team honor. Our program has made great strides in a short period of time, both on and off the golf course. This is due to the effort of many people affiliated with Carolina Golf, especially our student-athletes. Coach (Andrew) Sapp and I have been fortunate to be surrounded by excellent, hardworking young men. We still have many goals left to accomplish and I look forward to doing everything possible to help our guys prepare for the upcoming NCAA Regionals, as well as their future endeavors.” DiBitetto is in his fifth year at North Carolina and his second as the associate head coach. The Tar Heels have won six team titles and six different players have won medalist honors eight times in DiBitetto’s four years in Chapel Hill. Ben Griffin earned honorable mention PING All-America and All-ACC honors in 2015. Griffin and William Register each won two tournaments in their first collegiate seasons. UNC played last year with a lineup that included two sophomores and two freshmen and won three events for the first time in 16 years. This season the Tar Heels have one tournament victory and seven additional top-five finishes in nine events. “I am thrilled that Andrew has won the Jan Strickland Award,” stated North Carolina Head Men’s Golf Coach Andrew Sapp. “His contributions to our golf program have been invaluable and for the selection committee made up of our peer coaches to recognize his work is an incredible honor. Working with Andrew every day has made me a better head coach and I have definitely seen our players benefit from his teaching and seen our program grow in the past five years. His competitiveness and his dedication to our players are two traits that really stand out. UNC is fortunate to have him as a coach and mentor to our golfers.” The Strickland Award recipient will have the opportunity to further his professional development by receiving an invitation to the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Kingdom in Carlsbad, Calif. TaylorMade-adidas Golf has sponsored the Strickland Award since its inception in 2003.
Behr Recipient of Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon
NORMAN, Okla. – Stephen Behr of Clemson has been named recipient of the 2016 Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon, in cooperation with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and the Golf Coaches Association of America. 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 will be given to a nominee’s good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career. Behr leads Clemson into the ACC Tournament this weekend with a 71.88 stroke average. He also leads the team in top 10 finishes with four and is tied for the lead in rounds in the 60s with six and under-par rounds with 10. For his career, Behr is a four-year starter with a 72.48 stroke average, seventh best in Clemson history. He has led Clemson in stroke average three of his four years, has four top 10 finishes and 50 career rounds at par or better. The ACC Tournament will be his 43rd career event for Clemson. Behr is also a standout in the classroom. He graduated in May 2015 with a 3.91 GPA and continues to represent the tigers as a graduate student. He was a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar last season. He was also named a CoSIDA At-Large Academic third-team All-American in 2015 and was named CoSIDA Academic All-District for the third consecutive year. Behr is also a thee-time All-ACC Academic selection. Also active in the community, Behr is an active participant in TigerPals, a Clemson Pen Pal project to communicate with local children in the Clemson community. A member of Clemson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he participated as a leader in Clemson Can, a food drive to eliminate hunger in South Carolina. Through SAAC, he also was an integral part of Tiger Field Day and organized and helped conduct Operation Christmas Child. Behr was the event chair for the Welcome Back Festival, which had over 70 local Clemson vendors. Behr was honored by the Clemson Athletic Department earlier this month when he won the Solid Orange Male Athlete of the Year. That award is presented each year at the CLEMMYs and is presented to the male who exemplifies a Clemson student-athlete through leadership, athletic performance, service, academics and sportsmanship “This award is one of the biggest and best in college golf,” said Behr. “To me it is the most prestigious because the collegiate golfer who wins it must have the entire package, excelling in all areas that make being a student-athlete a challenge; playing well in competition, staying competitive in the classroom, and carrying oneself with honesty, integrity and respect.”
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1.    Derek Bard    Virginia        1.    David Boote    Stanford    
2.    Charlie Danielson    Illinois       2.    Mathias Eggenberger    Stirling     
3.    Alistair Docherty    Chico State       3.    Stuart Grehan    Maynooth     
4.    Doug Ghim    Texas       4.    Sam Horsfield    Florida    
5.    Will Gordon    Vanderbilt       5.    Adrian Meronk    ETSU     
6.    Rico Hoey    USC       6.    Robin Petersson    Augusta     
7.    Michael Johnson    Auburn       7.    Antoine Rozner    UMKC     
8.    Nahum Mendoza III    San Diego State       8.    Matthias Schwab    Vanderbilt     
9.    Zach Wright    LSU       9.    Robin Sciot-Siegrist    Louisville    
10.    Will Zalatoris    Wake Forest       10.    Lars van Meijel    Memphis    
 
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