ACC Announces All-Conference Men's Golf Team
May 5, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Three Atlantic Coast Conference teams - Duke, Florida State, and Georgia Tech - placed two players each on the 2008 All-ACC men's golf team, as selected by a vote of the league's 11 head coaches.
Six teams - Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest - rounded out the 12-member team with one selection each.
Wake Forest's Webb Simpson was an automatic member of the ACC team as the 2008 ACC individual winner and also secured the prestigious Player of the Year award. Simpson is the first Wake Forest player to win the award since Bill Haas in 2003 and 2004. Freshman Kevin O'Connell, from North Carolina, was named Freshman of the Year as well as securing a spot on the All-ACC team.
Atlantic Coast Conference Champion Florida State was represented by senior Jonas Blixt and junior Matt Savage, who have now been named to the All-ACC team in each of the last two seasons. Duke's first-time honorees included senior Michael Schachner and junior Clark Klaasen. Georgia Tech's junior, Cameron Tringale, earned his third straight honor while fellow sophomore teammate, Chesson Hadley, earned his first All-ACC accolade.
Rounding out the 12-member team are Kyle Stanley, a second-straight honoree from Clemson; Matt Hill, a freshman from NC State; senior Jurrian van der Vaart from Virginia Tech and Chris Gold, a junior from the University of Maryland. Van der Vaart is the first Virginia Tech student-athlete to earn All-ACC status in men's golf since the school joined the league in 2004.
Florida State's Trey Jones was named ACC Coach of the Year, his first such honor in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Under Jones, Florida State claimed their first-ever ACC Men's Golf Championship with a three-stroke win over Duke.
2008 All-ACC Men's Golf Team
ACC Freshman of the Year
ACC Coach of the Year