UNF's Dale, Phelan and Maguire Earn PING All-America Honors

Thursday, June 20, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. – North Florida seniors Sean Dale and Kevin Phelan and sophomore MJ Maguire continue to receive national recognition for their play, as they were named to the second, third and honorable mention PING All-America Teams announced by the GCAA Thursday.

Daniel Berger of Florida State, TCU’s Julien Brun, Greg Eason of UCF, James Erkenbeck of New Mexico, Max Homa, Michael Kim and Michael Weaver of California, Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, Patrick Rodgers of Stanford, Brandon Stone of Texas and Cory Whitsett of Alabama were previously named to the PING All-America First Team.

A three-time A-Sun Player of the Year, Dale is ranked eighth in the nation and joins Albin Choi of NC State, Scott Fernandez of Iowa State, UCLA’s Pedro Figueiredo, California’s Brandon Hagy and Joel Stalter, Duke’s Brinson Paolini, Alabama’s Justin Thomas and Bobby Wyatt and Washington’s Chris Williams on the second team.

Dale recently helped lead Team USA to a 20.5-9.5 win over Team Europe and his UNF teammate Phelan to reclaim the Palmer Cup two weeks ago at Wilmington Country Club. He also just participated at the R&A Amateur Championship, missing the match play rounds by one stroke.

Third-team honorees include Maguire, Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson and Ollie Schniederjans, Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen, Corey Conners of Kent State, Tennessee’s Oliver Goss, Gavin Green of New Mexico, Thomas Pieters of Illinois, UCLA’s Pontus Widegren and Stanford’s Cameron Wilson.

Maguire finished the 2012-13 season ranked 28th and capped a strong campaign earning first-time All-Atlantic Sun honors while also winning the medalist title at the conference championship.

A total of 27 golfers, including Phelan, were named honorable mention All-America.

Phelan also finished among the nation's top 50 golfers, ranking 41st. He finished his historic run at the 113th U.S. Open Championship with a final round 74 (+4) last week at Merion Golf Club. He earned a tie for 62nd place finishing with a 72-hole total of 300 (+20). He was one of just four amateurs to make the cut in the field and his final round score matched the Sunday performances of PGA Tour stars like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

The appearance at the 2013 U.S. Open marked the second time Phelan has competed in the national championship event having qualifed for the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The Open capped off a busy stretch of golf for Phelan which included playing for the Ospreys in the NCAA Championship, winning the medalist title at his Open sectional qualifying tournament and representing Europe in the Palmer Cup.

Phelan will next play in the Irish Open at the end of June and continues to compete to earn a spot on Team Great Britain/Ireland for the Walker Cup on Sept. 6-8 in Southampton, N.Y.

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; Matthew 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