MSC Golfers named All-Americans, All-Region; Smith named Coach of the Year Finalist
Capping off an impressive spring for the Murray State College golf team, four MSC golfers were honored with All-American and All-Region designations. In addition, MSC golf coach Al Smith was named a finalist for the Dave Williams Award, honoring the national coach of the year in NJCAA Division II men’s golf.
Honored as All-Americans from MSC’s women’s golf team were sophomores Rian Moores and Kitana Hollins. Moores and Hollins helped lead the Aggies to a fifth place team finish in the 2019 NJCAA Women’s National Tournament in Daytona Beach, May 13-16, the best finish ever for the program. In the individual portion of the national tournament, Moores finished twelfth and Hollins finished sixteenth.
From the MSC men’s golf team sophomore Emiel Van Geet was named as an honorable mention to the NJCAA Division II PING All-American Team. Van Geet and MSC sophomore Leonardo Ruggieri were also named to the NJCAA Division II PING All-Region Team. Both set of accolades were announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America on May 20. The two golfers lead the Aggies to a regional championship and a spot in the NJCAA DII National Championship in Plymouth, Indiana, being played May 21-24.
On May 20, the National Golf Coaches Association of America also announced Murray State College men’s and women’s golf coach Al Smith as one of five finalists for the Dave Williams Award. The Williams Award, presented by Golf Pride Grips, honors the national coach of the year in NJCAA Division II men’s golf. Smith led the Murray State College men’s team to a NJCAA District F Championship and top six finishes in nine events this season, including two second place finishes.