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2023 Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Workday Recipients Announced

DUBLIN, Ohio – Ludvig Åberg of Texas Tech, Charles DeLong of Grand Valley State, Alex Price of Christopher Newport, Easton Johnson of The Master’s, and Matthis Lefèvre of New Mexico JC have been named the 2023 Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Workday recipients. The Nicklaus Award recognizes the national player of the year at the Division I, II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA levels.

“I have been incredibly proud to have my name associated with this prestigious award since 1988, and to help the Golf Coaches Association of America celebrate the finest players in the college game,” Jack Nicklaus said. “We are also honored that Workday has joined our mission to honor these players and put an emphasis on developing the next generation of great talent.”

“If you look at the résumés of these five players, they have consistently excelled at the highest level this season and have proudly represented their schools.”

Division I: Åberg, who clinched the No. 1 spot in the final PGA TOUR University rankings, finished in the top eight in nine tournaments this season and won four times, including his second-straight Big 12 Championship and the 2023 NCAA Norman Regional. The senior from Eslov, Sweden is Texas Tech’s all-time leader in career wins (eight) and became just the second golfer to win the Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank multiple times, joining current World No. 1 and former Nicklaus Award recipient Jon Rahm. Åberg will earn PGA TOUR membership in 2023 and 2024 and be eligible to make his pro debut at the RBC Canadian Open (June 8-11).

Division II: DeLong won a program-record seven tournaments this season en route to PING First-Team All-America, PING All-Midwest Region, and his second consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year honors. The redshirt sophomore from DeWitt, Mich., who is also the program’s all-time leader in individual wins (13), led NCAA Division II in adjusted scoring average (69.70) and recorded 30 rounds of par or better and 16 rounds in the 60s for Grand Valley State.  

Division III: Price carded eight top-five finishes in nine tournaments this season with three wins and two runner-up finishes, including T2 at the 2023 NCAA Division III National Championship. In the season’s 26 rounds, the senior from Hillsboro, Va., was at par or better in 21 of them. Price became the first golfer in Christopher Newport history to be named All-American four times and to the first team twice while topping his own single-season school record for lowest scoring average by almost three strokes (69.96).

NAIA: Johnson finished in the top 11 in all 11 tournaments this season and won the 2023 NAIA Men’s Golf Individual National Championship in the second playoff hole for his first collegiate victory. The freshman from Kansas City, Mo., earned the 2023 NAIA Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award presented by StrackaLine and PING First-Team All-America, PING All-West Region, First-Team All-Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), and GSAC Freshman of the Year honors.

NJCAA: Lefèvre, the top-ranked player in NJCAA Division I, finished no worse than ninth in all 12 tournaments this season, winning four times. The sophomore from Hossegor, France, who owns the program record for career wins (nine), carded 16 rounds in the 60s en route to PING First-Team All-America, PING All-South Central District, and Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Player of the Year honors. Lefèvre will continue his collegiate golf career at Arkansas next season.

Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at Ohio State, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988. The award is now presented to the national player of the year in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, as well as NAIA and NJCAA.

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday 

The Memorial Tournament presented by Workday is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit or call 614-889-6700.

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About GCAA 

Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of men’s collegiate golf coaches. The GCAA’s mission is to support its member coaches from six divisions, including the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA, by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student athletes in academic, athletic, and civic endeavors.

Previous Recipients


Chris Gotterup, Oklahoma Division I

AJ Ewart, Barry Division II

Will Hocker, Webster Division III

Jakob Stavang Stubhaug, Keiser NAIA

Cecil Belisle, South Mountain NJCAA


John Pak, Florida State Division I

Andrew Beckler, Washburn Division II

James Mishoe, Guilford Division III

Ruan Pretorius, Point NAIA

Ben Partridge, Hutchinson NJCAA


Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine Division I

Zach Zediker, Delta State Division II

Rob Wuethrich, Illinois Wesleyan Division III

Ben Rebne, Dalton State NAIA

Jon Hopkins, Mississippi Gulf Coast NJCAA


Matthew Wolff, Oklahoma State Division I

Jorge Garcia, Barry Division II

Josh Gibson, Hope Division III

Mark David Johnson, Coastal Georgia NAIA

Callum Bruce, Midland College NJCAA


Norman Xiong, Oregon Division I

John VanDerLaan, Florida Southern Division II

Josh Gibson, Hope Division III

SM Lee, Dalton State NAIA

Callum Bruce, Midland College NJCAA


Sam Burns, LSU Division I

Chandler Blanchet, West Florida Division II

Logan Lanier, LaGrange Division III

SM Lee, Dalton State NAIA

Marco Maldonado, Tyler JC NJCAA


Jon Rahm, Arizona State Division I

John Coultas, Florida Southern Division II

Addison Lambeth, Huntingdon Division III

Peter French, Johnson & Wales (FL) NAIA

Kerry Sweeney, Eastern Florida State NJCAA


Maverick McNealy, Stanford Division I

Santiago Gomez, Nova Southeastern Division II

Anthony Maccaglia, Oglethorpe Division III

Sean Elliott, Dalton State NAIA

Kerry Sweeney, Eastern Florida State NJCAA


Patrick Rodgers, Stanford Division I

Adam Svensson, Barry Division II

Bobby Holden, Redlands Division III

James Marchesani, Oklahoma City NAIA

Tim Walker, Central Alabama NJCAA


Michael Kim, California Division I

Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian Division II

Brad Shigezawa, Claremont McKenna Division III

Sondre Ronold, Oklahoma City NAIA

Jake Argento, South Mountain NJCAA


Justin Thomas, Alabama Division I

Ben Taylor, Nova Southeastern Division II

Noah Ratner, Guilford Division III

Nathan Anderson, Texas Wesleyan NAIA

Jimmy Kozikowski, South Mountain NJCAA


Patrick Cantlay, UCLA Division I

Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian Division II

Chris Morris, Centre College Division III

Oscar Stark, Oklahoma Christian NAIA

Brandt Garon, Meridian CC NJCAA


Eugune Wong, Oregon Division I

Brett Munson, North Alabama Division II

Tain Lee, Claremont McKenna Division III

Justin Lower, Malone NAIA

Abraham Ancer, Odessa College NJCAA


Matt Hill, NC State Division I

Brent Witcher, Valdosta State Division II

Mitchell Fedorka, La Verne Division III

Sam Cyr, Point Loma Nazarene NAIA


Kevin Chappell, UCLA Division I

Jarin Todd, Sonoma State Division II

Scott Harris Jr., St. John Fisher Division III

Sam Cyr, Point Loma Nazarene NAIA


Jamie Lovemark, Southern California Divison I

Jarin Todd, Sonoma State Divison II

Andy Miller, Otterbein Division III

Daniel Mitchell, Oklahoma City NAIA


Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State Division I

Scott Brown, USC-Aiken Division II

Stephen Goodridge, Rochester Division III


Ryan Moore, UNLV Division I

Dane Burkhart, USC-Aiken Division II

Pete Weber, Loras Division III


Bill Haas, Wake Forest Division I

J.J. Jakovac, Chico State Division II

Trent Erb, Oglethorpe Division III


Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State Division I

Andrew McArthur, Pfeiffer Division II

Ryan Quinn, Wisconsin-Eau Claire Division III


D.J. Trahan, Clemson


Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech


Charles Howell III, Oklahoma State


Luke Donald, Northwestern


Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech


Brad Elder, Texas


Tiger Woods, Stanford


Stewart Cink, Georgia Tech


Alan Bratton, Oklahoma State

Justin Leonard, Texas


David Duval, Georgia Tech


Phil Mickelson, Arizona State


Phil Mickelson, Arizona State


Phil Mickelson, Arizona State


Robert Gamez, Arizona


Bob Estes, Texas

Multiple Recipients

Callum Bruce, Midland College (2018-19)

Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian (2011, ‘13)

Josh Gibson, Hope (2018-19)

Sam Cyr, Point Loma Nazarene (2008-09)

SM Lee, Dalton State (2017-18)

Phil Mickelson, Arizona State (1990-92)

Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech (1998, ‘01)

Kerry Sweeney, Eastern Florida State (2015-16)

Jarin Todd, Sonoma State (2007-08)

Recipients by School

Abilene Christian (2)

Alabama (1)

Arizona (1)

Arizona State (4)

Barry (3)

California (1)

Central Alabama (1)

Centre College (1)

Chico State (1)

Christopher Newport (1)

Claremont McKenna (2)

Clemson (1)

Coastal Georgia (1)

Dalton State (4)

Delta State (1)

Eastern Florida State (2)

Florida State (1)

Florida Southern (2)

Georgia Tech (4)

Grand Valley State (1)

Guilford (2)

Hope (2)

Huntingdon (1)

Hutchinson (1)

Illinois Wesleyan (1)

Johnson & Wales (1)

Keiser (1)

La Verne (1)

Loras (1)

LSU (1)

Malone (1)

NC State (1)

Meridian CC (1)

Midland College (2)

Mississippi Gulf Coast (1)

North Alabama (1)

Northwestern (1)

Nova Southeastern (2)

Odessa College (1)

Oglethorpe (2)

Oklahoma (1)

Oklahoma Christian (1)

Oklahoma City (3)

Oklahoma State (5)

Oregon (2)

Otterbein (1)

Pepperdine (1)

Point University (1)

Point Loma Nazarene (2)

Pfeiffer (1)

Redlands (1)

Rochester (1)

St. John Fisher (1)

Sonoma State (2)

South Mountain CC (3)

Southern California (1)

Stanford (3)

Texas (3)

Texas Wesleyan (1)

The Master’s (1)

Tyler JC (1)

UCLA (2)

UNLV (1)

USC-Aiken (2)

Valdosta State (1)

Wake Forest (1)

Washburn (1)

Webster (1)

West Florida (1)

Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1)