NeSmith Named Ping All-American

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina juniors Will Starke and Matt NeSmith have been named PING All-Americans, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday.

Starke earned a spot on the second team, while NeSmith is a third-team selection. It marks the third-straight year a Gamecock golfer has been on one of the PING All-American teams.

The All-American honor is the second for Starke, who was also a second-team selection by Golfweek this season. NeSmith now has three career All-American honors after earning third-team honors from Golfweek this season and PING Honorable Mention honors as a freshman.

With Starke and NeSmith leading the way, the Gamecocks turned in one of the greatest seasons in program history in 2014-15, winning a school record five tournament titles, recording a school-record 10 top-five finishes and shattering the school record for team scoring average in a season by more than four strokes (282.85).

A native of Chapin, S.C., Starke led the team with a stroke average of 70.27, which is the lowest for a single season in school history. He finished 16th or better in 10 of 12 events this season, including one tournament win, and matched the school record for top-five finishes in a season with six. He placed 16th at the NCAA Championship with a 72-hole total of 289 (+1). Starke, a first-team All-SEC selection and PING All-Southeast Region selection, shot under par in 26 of 37 rounds this season, including 19 rounds in the 60s.

A first-team All-SEC and PING All-Southeast Region selection, NeSmith finished with a season stroke average of 70.51, which ranks second in program history for a single season. He finished in the top 20 in eight of 12 tournaments, including two tournament wins. He became just the second Gamecock to win an SEC title as he claimed a six-stroke victory at the SEC Championship with a school-record 54-hole total of 196 (-14). A native of North Augusta, S.C., NeSmith posted 18 rounds under par, including 14 rounds in the 60s.

 

PING ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS

First Team

Bryson Dechambeau, SMU

Gavin Green, New Mexico

Beau Hossler, Texas

Lee McCoy, Georgia

Maverick McNealy, Stanford

Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington

Jon Rahm, Arizona State

Max Rottluff, Arizona State

Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech

Robby Shelton, Alabama

Hunter Stewart, Vanderbilt

 

Second Team

Brian Campbell, Illinois

Charlie Danielson, Illinois

Thomas Detry, Illinois

Jonathan Garrick, UCLA

Kyle Jones, Baylor

Hank Lebioda, Florida State

Jack Maguire, Florida State

Scottie Scheffler, Texas

Clement Sordet, Texas Tech

Will Starke, South Carolina

 

Third Team

Sean Crocker, Southern California

Michael Gellerman, Oklahoma

Denny McCarthy, Virginia

Adrian Meronk, East Tennessee State

Matt NeSmith, South Carolina

JT Poston, Western Carolina

Xander Schauffele, San Diego State

Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt

Zach Seabolt, Winthrop

Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest

 

Honorable Mention

Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech

Rowin Caron, Florida State

Trevor Cone, Virginia Tech

Claudio Correa, USF

Riley Davenport, Charlotte

Mookie DeMoss, Georgia

Paul Dunne, UAB

Rigel Fernandes, USF

Doug Ghim, Texas

Ben Griffin, North Carolina

Gavin Hall, Texas

Blair Hamilton, Houston

Zach Healy, Georgia

Grant Hirschman, Oklahoma

Rico Hoey, Southern California

Zack Jaworski, Vanderbilt

Chase Koepka, USF

Brandon Matthews, Temple

Byron Meth, Pacific

Taylor Moore, Arkansas

Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State

John Oda, UNLV

Brandon Pierce, LSU

Andrew Presley, TCU

Eric Ricard, LSU

Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Louisville

JD Tomlinson, Florida

Scott Vincent, Virginia Tech

Scott Wolfes, Georgia Southern

Zach Wright, LSU

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