Dylan Goodwin again named third-team GCAA PING All-American

Dylan Goodwin

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

First Team

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

Second Team

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

Third Team

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

Honorable Mention

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


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