Men's Golf Recognizes Five At LMU Athletics Banquet
April 21, 2010
HARROGATE, TN - Only a day after winning their first South Atlantic Conference Tournament title, the Lincoln Memorial University men's golf team honored five of its members Wednesday evening at the University's annual athletics banquet held on the LMU campus.
Including this week's performance in the 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men's Golf Tournament, the Railsplitters notched five first place finishes this season en route to their best season performance since joining the ranks of the NCAA Division II.
Although he had already received First Team All-South Atlantic Conference, was voted SAC Golfer of the Year by the head coaches throughout the league, and made the SAC All-Tournament Second Team, LMU sophomore Eric Kennedy (Powell, TN) was named 2009-10 men's golf MVP at Wednesday night's athletics banquet ceremonies. During the 2009-10 season, Kennedy had five top-5 finishes while helping the Railsplitters win five of the eleven tournaments in which they participated.
This year's Most Improved Award went to sophomore Joshua Cornett (Mountain City, TN). In his second year with the Railsplitters, Cornett had three top-10 finishes while improving his stroke average to 76.3. Cornett was also named to the South Atlantic Conference All-Tournament First Team for his play in this week's conference tournament.
The Coach's Award was presented to senior Josh Collins (Luttrell, TN). Collins, a four-year player with the Railsplitters had two top-10 finishes this year and a 76.1 stroke average by the end of Tuesday's South Atlantic Conference Men's Golf Championship. For his play in the SAC Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, Collins was named Second Team All-SAC Tournament.
Freshman of the Year Award went to Jamie Chapman (Sussex, England). Chapman, a First Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection and All-SAC Tournament First Team honoree, took second place in this year's conference tournament while recording four top-5 finishes this season and seven top-10 performances.
Senior Nolan Butler (Suffolk, VA) captured the Best All Around Award. A four-year letter-winner with the Railsplitters, Butler only played in four tournaments this season but turned in a top-20 finish in two of those events.
The 2009-10 Railsplitter men's golf team will now use the next several days to prepare for final exams and the 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Super Regional Tournament that will be held at Wilson Country Club in Wilson, North Carolina May 3-5. The Railsplitters earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Super Regional by virtue of their championship victory in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament.