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
Jake Koppenberg Qualifies for U.S. Amateur
Former Viking All-American to play in prestigious U.S. Amateur August 14-20 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Men's Golf Finishes 16th at NCAA II Championships
Senior Jeffrey Marcum and Freshman Ethan Casto tie for 57th in 108-player field
Men's Golf Slips to 17th at NCAA Championships
WWU men's golf moved up to as high as 8th place, but had a tough finish to finish the 2nd round in 17th place
Men's Golf Senior Trio Named All- West Region
Chris Hatch, Brett Johnson and Jeffrey Marcum earn Division II PING All-West Region honors
Men's Golf in 12th Place at NCAA Championships
Senior Brett Johnson has WWU in the hunt after carding even-par 70 in first round
Vikings Begin Quest for NCAA II Championship
WWU men's golf opens play Monday in the NCAA Division II Championships
Men's Golf Headed to NCAA Championships
Vikings tie for 3rd at NCAA II West/South Central Super Regional
Men's Golf Surges Into 2nd in NCAA Regional Play
Vikings card 10-under-par 2nd round to inch closer to NCAA II Championships
Men's Golf Tied for 5th at NCAA II Regional
Senior Chris Hatch leads Vikings in first round with 5-under-par 67 at Brookside Country Club.
Men's Golf Tees it up at NCAA Regional
Vikings will take to the course starting at 12:50 pm today in Stockton, Calif.
Three Men's Golfer Named First Team All-GNAC
Seniors Brett Johnson, Chris Hatch and Jeffrey Marcum named First Team All-GNAC and Head Coach Luke Bennett repeats as GNAC Coach of the ...
Men's Golf Advances to 19th Straight NCAA Tourney
Vikings are the No. 6 seed in the West Region to be played May 8-10 in Stockton, Calif.
Pair of Men's Golfers Earn GNAC Academic Awards
Sophomore Michael Butler and junior Adam Barker named GNAC Academic All-Stars
Vikings Repeat as GNAC Champions
Vikings overcome 6-stroke deficit in the final round to claim back-to-back GNAC Championships
Men's Golf in 2nd Place at GNAC Championships
Senior Chris Hatch one stroke back of tournament lead with 36-hole score of -4 (138)