Lester adds All-Nicklaus Team award
NORMAN, Okla. – The 24 honorees for the 2018 All-Nicklaus Team presented by Barbasol have been announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Players from Divisions I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA were recognized for their outstanding play during the 2017-18 collegiate season. Rowan Lester, a sophomore from Dublin, Northern Ireland found his name on the list for the second time in as many years.
Lester, who finished tied for third at the national tournament, also earned his second straight NAIA First Team All-America accolade to go along with another PING NAIA All-America award.
The former NAIA National Champion had three individual wins this season (Kohler Collegiate at Whistling Straits, Southern Plains Invitational at Gallardia Country Club, and Dallas Baptist Invitational at Hackberry Creek).
The Rams recorded one of the best seasons in the illustrious history of the program in 2017-18. They started the year with a perfect semester (taking the team and individual wins in all four tournaments they played in the fall). They won their first tournament of the spring to make it five in a row and finished with six team wins and five individual victories in ten tournaments.
The Rams placed third at the NAIA National Championships for the second consecutive year, making their 57th appearance at the 67th annual tournament.
Texas Wesleyan owns six national championships and holds NAIA records with 11 individual national champions as well as 10 runner-up finishes. In their 57 appearances, they have finished outside of the top-10 only three times. Texas Wesleyan has never failed to make the cut at the NAIA National Championships.
About the All-Nicklaus Team:
The All-Nicklaus Team was created in 2008, and is not only named for history’s greatest player but also a long-time supporter of collegiate and amateur golf. Jack Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988 and it is now presented to the National Player of the year in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as NAIA and NJCAA. Award recipients have combined for over 200 victories worldwide and claimed 23 major championships.
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2018 All-Nicklaus Team presented by Barbasol
Shintaro Ban, UNLV
Chandler Blanchet, West Florida
Callum Bruce, Midland College
Leon D’Souza, South Mountain
Doug Ghim, Texas
Josh Gibson, Hope
Nick Hardy, Illinois
Sam Hill, UT Tyler
Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State
Theo Humphrey, Vanderbilt
Isaiah Jackson, Meridian
Rupert Kaminski, Oklahoma City
SM Lee, Dalton State
Rowan Lester, Texas Wesleyan
Collin Morikawa, California
Brian Peccie, Washington & Lee
Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M
Julien Sale, Indian Hills
Alex Scott, Grand Valley State
Justin Suh, Southern California
John VanDerLaan, Florida Southern
Andrew Williamson, Wayland Baptist
Matthew Wolff, Oklahoma State
Norman Xiong, Oregon