June 19, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -
Western Washington University's Dylan Goodwin was named to the third team for the second straight year and Nick Varelia received honorable mention on the 2011-12 NCAA Division II PING All-America team selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
It is the second straight year that Goodwin, a junior from Mukilteo (graduate of Kamiak High School), has received the honor. He averaged 72.5 strokes per round for the Vikings, leading the team for the second straight year.
In 2010-11, Goodwin earned third-team GCAA PING All-America, Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year and GNAC Newcomer of the Year accolades.
Varelia, a senior from Kent (graduate of Kentwood High School), averaged 72.9 strokes and was the 2011-12 GNAC Player of the Year. He was the conference tournament medalist in 2011.
Goodwin and Varelia were both first-team GCAA PING West Region all-stars this spring, Goodwin for the second time. They also were first-team GNAC all-stars, Varelia for third time and Goodwin for the second.
This season, WWU reached the NCAA II National Championships for the first time since 2008, placing ninth among 20 teams. The Vikings, who ranked No.8 in the final national poll, were second among 20 teams at the NCAA II Central/West Regional and won the GNAC tournament title for the fifth straight year.
Division II PING All-America Teams Announced
The second, third and honorable mention Division II PING All-America Teams have been announced by the GCAA. USC-Aiken's Matt Atkins, Trevor Blair of Cal State Stanislaus, Central Oklahoma's Josh Creel, Adam Hedges of Belmont Abbey, West Florida's Carlos Rodriguez, Marcelo Rozo of Lynn, Chico State's Kyle Souza, Ben Taylor's Nova Southeastern and UNC-Pembroke's Jordan Walor were previously named to the PING All-America First Team.
Alex Carpenter of Abilene Christian, Ty Chandler and Jake Greer of North Alabama, Chico State's Eric Frazzetta, Zack Kempa of IUP, Jim Knous of Colorado School of Mines, Nova Southeastern's Oscar Lengden and Barry's Daniel Stapff. comprised the second team.
Third-team honorees included Nova Southeastern's Ricardo Celia, Kyle Chappell of Dixie State, Barton's Daniel Claytor, Rob Damschen of Cal State Stanislaus, Georgia College's Patrick Garrett, Craig Gibson and J.P. Griffin of Georgia Southwestern and Western Washington's Dylan Goodwin.
A total of 22 golfers received honorable mention All-America honors.
Division II PING All-America Teams
Matt Atkins, USC-Aiken
Trevor Blair, Cal State Stanislaus
Josh Creel, Central Oklahoma
Adam Hedges, Belmont Abbey
Carlos Rodriguez, West Florida
Marcelo Rozo, Lynn
Kyle Souza, Chico State
Ben Taylor, Nova Southeastern
Jordan Walor, UNC-Pembroke
Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian
Ty Chandler, North Alabama
Eric Frazzetta, Chico State
Jake Greer, North Alabama
Zack Kempa, IUP
Jim Knous, Colorado School of Mines
Oscar Lengden, Nova Southeastern
Daniel Stapff, Barry
Ricardo Celia, Nova Southeastern
Kyle Chappell, Dixie State
Daniel Claytor, Barton
Rob Damschen, CSU-Stanislaus
Patrick Garrett, Georgia College
Craig Gibson, Georgia Southwestern
Dylan Goodwin, Western Washington
J.P. Griffin, Georgia Southwestern
Matthew Campbell, Newberry
Spencer Cole, Rollins
Case Gard, Florida Southern
Marcelo Huarte, Barry
Luke Kwon, St. Edward's
Hayden Letian, USC-Aiken
Chris McCracken, Cal State Stanislaus
Jonathan McCurry, UNC-Pembroke
Greg Mergel, Flagler
Cy Moritz, Central Missouri
Matt Motes, Armstrong Atlantic State
Santiago Quintero, St. Edward's
Kevin Rei, Chico State
Travis Russell, Hawaii-Hilo
Dillon Rust, Central Oklahoma
Marcus Segerstrom, Barry
Taylor Smith, Georgia College
Alex Sobstad, CSU-Monterey Bay
Paul Tighe, Wilmington
Ryan Trocchio, Georgia College
Nick Varelia, Western Washington
Daniel Young, Lynn