Rougeau, Hill, Toone earn PING All-America
Graphic by: Jordan Kinney
Graphic by: Jordan Kinney

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

TYLER – Three of this year’s 22 NCAA Division III PING All-America Team members are from the University of Texas at Tyler with Brandon Rougeau, Sam Hill and George Toone earning the prestigious honors for the Patriots.

A senior from Cedar Park, Rougeau earned first-team honors after six top-10 finishes, including one tournament win and two third-place finishes. Rougeau was named a PING All-America at the NCAA DIII National Championship in May, while Hill secured second team and Toone third team in a news release by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Wednesday. UT Tyler finished third at the national tournament in a season where the Patriots won three tournaments along with finishing second three times and third twice.

“I’m extremely proud of those guys,” UT Tyler head coach Michael McMunn said. “Brandon and Sam were steady all year and played some very nice golf. George may have been the best player in the country during the spring semester, I am beyond proud of him for his improvements during the season. These guys earned the recognition they have received.  For Brandon to go out as a senior with 1st team All-American honors, I know he is happy and proud of that. We will have Sam and George for another season and am excited to see their improvements from this year.”

A junior from Edenbridge, England, Toone finished third at the NCAA DIII Championship after earning seconds at the ASC Championship. Toone recorded six top-10 finishes in his third season at UT Tyler and finished the year with a 73.04 scoring average. He would shoot a 75-72-71-70 – 288 in the national tournament where he held leads in the final round. Toone also had an impressive ASC tournament where he shot 74-67-68 – 209 to finish as the runner-up in Kerrville.

A junior from Orlando, Florida, Hill recorded top-10 finishes in all five fall tournaments in his first season with the Patriots. Hill shot a four-round total of 292 and finished eighth at the NCAA DIII Championship in his home state after carding a 69-74-74 – 217 for sixth at the American Southwest Conference Championship. He completed the year with a 72.74 scoring average and had two third-place finishes and a runner-up showing at the Schreiner Spring Shootout where he shot a 71-71 – 142. His low round was a 67 in the final round of at the Wynlakes Intercollegiate before shooting an opening round 69 in the ASC tournament.

Rougeau opened his senior season with a win at the Rhodes College Fall Classic by shooting a 67-71 – 138 for his best finish of the year and also had third-place results at the Golfweek Fall Invitational and Concordia’s Linda Lowery Invitational. He would shoot a 75-69-74 – 218 for ninth at the ASC Championship and then finished 24th at the national tournament.

The three All-America honors matches a program record from 2015 when Buddy Hallman, Cody Gilbert and Chapman Herwood earned the national honor. The UT Tyler men’s golf program now has 13 All-America selections in the 14 seasons since the program was started in 2004.

Division III PING All-America Teams
First Team
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
Second Team
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
Third Team
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
Honorable Mention
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