Originally created 06/07/01

College golfers earn national recognition



After a top-10 finish in last week's NCAA men's golf championships, Augusta State is starting to rake in the awards.

Junior Jamie Elson, who finished in a tie for second place in the individual competition at the NCAAs, finished seventh in the final MasterCard Golf Rankings.

After the final round of the NCAA Championship on Saturday in Durham, N.C., Elson was named to the second-team All-American squad by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Sophomore Oliver Wilson was named a third-team All-American, while junior Michael Webb received honorable mention.

Augusta State finished seventh in the NCAA Championship, beating its previous-best finish of 13th in the 1993 event.

Clemson's John Engler earned first-team All-American honors. The Augustan, who is a leading candidate to make the U.S. team for the Walker Cup Matches this summer, ended his senior season with a school-record 70.87 stroke average. He also had the lowest career stroke average in school history at 71.84.

Augusta State's Elson, who will be redshirted next season, finished the year with a 71.11 stroke average and eight top-10 finishes. Elson ended the year with a better stroke average than four of the 11 golfers chosen for the first-team All-American squad.

Georgia ended the year as the top-ranked team and is followed by Georgia Tech, Clemson, Arizona State, Florida and Texas.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222 or cag112@hotmail.com.