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NeSmith Named PING Honorable Mention All-American

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina freshman and North Augusta native Matt NeSmith has been named to the PING Honorable Mention All-America Team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday.

NeSmith becomes the 19th golfer in school history to garner the honor and is the first Gamecock freshman to receive the accolade since George Bryan IV earned honorable mention honors in 2007.

A native of North Augusta, S.C., NeSmith turned in one of the most decorated freshman seasons in school history. On top of the All-American honor, he was also named the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the PING All-Southeast Region Team. He led South Carolina to a runner-up finish at the SEC Championship and a tie for second showing at the NCAA Columbus Regional, which secured the program's first NCAA Championship berth since 2009. He recorded seven top-10 finishes this season, tying for the second most all-time in a single season at South Carolina. He also led the Gamecocks in scoring with a stroke average of 72.64, which is the second lowest average for a freshman in school history. NeSmith was South Carolina's top finisher at the NCAA Championship as he tied for 38th after firing a final-round 66 (-4), matching the lowest NCAA Championship score in school history.

NeSmith was one of 12 golfers from the SEC to be named to the PING All-America teams.

 

PING All-America Teams

First Team

Daniel Berger, Florida State

Julien Brun, TCU

Greg Eason, UCF

James Erkenbeck, New Mexico

Max Homa, California

Michael Kim, California

Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington

Patrick Rodgers, Stanford

Brandon Stone, Texas

Michael Weaver, California

Cory Whitsett, Alabama

 

Second Team

Albin Choi, NC State

Sean Dale, North Florida

Scott Fernandez, Iowa State

Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA

Brandon Hagy, California

Brinson Paolini, Duke

Joel Stalter, California

Justin Thomas, Alabama

Chris Williams, Washington

Bobby Wyatt, Alabama

 

Third Team

Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech

Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas

Corey Conners, Kent State

Oliver Goss, Tennessee

Gavin Green, New Mexico

MJ Maguire, North Florida

Thomas Pieters, Illinois

Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech

Pontus Widegren, UCLA

Cameron Wilson, Stanford

 

Honorable Mention

Evan Beck, Wake Forest

Zac Blair, BYU

Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn

Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas

Yi Keun Chang, Southern California

Mario Clemens, SMU

Charlie Danielson, Illinois

Ian Davis, Oklahoma State

Tyler Dunlap, Texas A&M

Nicolas Echavarria, Arkansas

Jonathan Garrick, UCLA

Jonathan Grey, Georgia State

Cody Gribble, Texas

Rick Lamb, Tennessee

Denny McCarthy, Virginia

Tyler McCumber, Florida

Matt NeSmith, South Carolina

Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State

Kevin Penner, UNLV

Jack Perry, Northwestern

Kevin Phelan, North Florida

Jon Rahm, Arizona State

Seth Reeves, Georgia Tech

Chase Seiffert, Florida State

Sam Smith, Southern California

Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina

Scott Strohmeyer, Alabama

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