NORMAN, Okla. – Four Huntingdon golfers were recognized with the release of the Golf Coaches Association of America's finalized Division III Ping All-America teams on Wednesday.
Senior Addison Lambeth was announced as a first-team All-America selection in May. On Wednesday, senior Will Thrash and sophomore Stephen Shephard each earned second-team All-America honors and senior Chad Ring was named an honorable mention selection.
The second-team, third-team and honorable mention teams were released on Wednesday. The first-team was announced following the final round of the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships.
This is the second straight year Lambeth and Thrash have been recognized. Lambeth is a two-time first-team selection. Thrash was an honorable mention selection last season.
"I'm really excited for these guys," Huntingdon Director of Golf Dave Schreyer said. "To be an All-America is very special and it shows the commitment they've made. I'm hoping their success will trickle down to teams that follow them in the coming years."
The four Huntingdon golfers helped lead the Hawks to a No. 1 ranking in Division III this past season and a tie for fourth in the NCAA National Tournament. The team's five tournament wins this season are the second most for the Hawks since joining the NCAA.
Lambeth led the group and set the Hawks' NCAA-era records for scoring average and rounds of par or better. He averaged 71.41 in 27 rounds and finished with 16 rounds of par or better. He won the Wynlakes Intercollegiate and the Emory Spring Invitational and placed in the top three in six of 10 tournaments.
Thrash averaged 73.22 in 27 rounds and shot par or better in 10 rounds. The Prattville, Ala., native won the NCAA DIII Fall Preview and the O'Briant-Jensen Memorial and placed in the top three in four events.
Shephard came on strong toward the end of the season, placing second in the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament and tying for ninth in the NCAA National Tournament. He averaged 73.57 in 23 rounds.
Ring averaged 74.33 in 27 rounds and turned in nine rounds of par or better. He finished fourth in the Gordin Classic and tied for sixth in the Wynlakes Intercollegiate.
A total of 13 golfers from the USA South Athletic Conference were recognized.
The complete All-America teams are listed below:
Jarrod Brown, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Ryan Elmore, Berry
Josh Gibson, Hope
Mats Heien, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Addison Lambeth, Huntingdon
Logan Lanier, LaGrange
Conner O'Neil, Illinois Wesleyan
David Rabil, Christopher Newport
Brandon Rougeau, UT Tyler
Brandon Bailey, Ferrum
Stefano Butti, Emory
Levi Grogan, Greensboro
Sam Hill, UT Tyler
Matt Organisak, Emory
Stephen Shephard, Huntingdon
Sam Stilwell, Wittenberg
Will Thrash, Huntingdon
Garrett Brickley, Wittenberg
Chris Harris, Rhodes
Davis Jensen, Methodist
Harry Nodwell, Christopher Newport
Grant Powell, Greensboro
Osborne Theam, LaGrange
George Toone, UT Tyler
George Qian, Carnegie Mellon
Adam Armstrong, Ohio Wesleyan
Jacob Arnett, Oglethorpe
Craig Decato, Methodist
Ryan Gallagher, Saint John's (MN)
Nathaniel Gray, California Lutheran
Sam Goldenring, Williams
Brady Hanson, UWEC
Josh Hill, Guilford
Seger Howell, Concordia (TX)
Brad Lankler, Franklin & Marshall
Winton Munch, Hope
Mackenzie Nelson, Skidmore
Sean O'Connor, Greensboro
Carson Riley, Centre
Chad Ring, Huntingdon
Conor Rooney, Pomona-Pitzer
Will Rosenfield, Trinity (CT)
Jonathan Shaw, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Matt Shuman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Alec Spencer, La Verne
Mason Stutler, Methodist
Daulton Wickenden, Husson