Men's Golf Has Four Earn All-American, Regional Postseason Awards


Men's Golf Has Four Earn All-American, Regional Postseason Awards

    CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina's men's golf squad continued to be recognized for its success during the 2006-07 season, as three players and the head coach earned regional and national postseason honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Senior Dustin Johnson (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Dutch Fork) was named First Team All-American for the second consecutive year and to one of the All-American squads for the third time in his collegiate career, while junior Lindsay Renolds (Christina Lake, British Columbia/Heritage (S.C.) Academy) was named Honorable Mention All-American. Head Coach Allen Terrell was honored as the Eaton Golf Pride South Region Coach of the Year, while Johnson and junior Zack Byrd (Calabash, N.C./Byrd Academy) earned a place on the All-South Region squad.

Johnson finished the season as the No.3 ranked golfer in the nation, according to GolfStat and the Sagarin GolfWeek Ratings Index after averaging a school-record 70.40 strokes per round in 43 rounds played and finishing as the program's all-time leader in scoring average at 72.26 in 152 rounds. The three-time Big South Player of the Year, he posted top 10 finishes in 12 of the 14 tournaments he played in, including individual wins at the Coca-Cola Duke Golf Classic, Administaff ASU Invitational and PUPS Big South Conference Championship. He tied for ninth at the 2007 NCAA Championship and was at one time this season the No. 1 ranked player in the country. He was the sixth men’s golfer in Big South history to be named All-Conference all four years, as well as a semifinalst for the Ben Hogan Award. He is currently representing the U.S. in the 11th Palmer Cup at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md. and is a strong candidate to be named to the U.S. squad for the upcoming Walker Cup matches.

Renolds was selected as an All-Big South member for the first time in his career this year and finished the year averaging 73.24 strokes per round in 34 rounds, third best on the team. Renolds tied for 15th at the NCAA Championships this year and posted one top 10 and five top 20 finishes on the year, including a tie for 10th at the USC Collegiate Invitational in California. He ranks 11th for CCU all-time in scoring at 74.74 strokes per round in his 78 rounds played.

Earning All-Big South honors for the second time in his career, Byrd finished the season ranked second for CCU and in the Big South in scoring at 72.57 strokes per round in 40 rounds played. The 2006 Big South medalist, he had five top-10 and seven top-20 finishes in 2006-07, with the best a tie for third at the PUPS Big South Conference Championship. He also tied for fourth at two other events this year -- the Corde Valle Collegiate and the Administaff Augusta State Invitational. The senior-to-be currently ranks fifith on Coastal's all-time scoring list, posting a 73.90 average in 115 rounds played.

Terrell, in his seventh year at the helm, earned his Big South record fifth Coach of the Year honor after leading the Chanticleers to as high as a No. 6 this season and has been a top 10 team all year.  Terrell directed CCU to 10 top-5 finishes in 13 tournaments, including team titles at the Coca-Cola Duke Golf Classic, the Administaff Augusta State Invtational and the PUPS Big South Conference Championship and a fifth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Championships, the highest ever of any sport in the history of the Big South Conference. The Chanticleers were named National Team of the Week by Golfweek following the performances at Duke and ASU.  In addition, Coastal Carolina had an individual among the top 10 scorers in all 10 events, including seven in the top five.  Terrell has been honored as Coach of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2005 (co-Coach), 2006 and now 2007. His teams have posted seven of the top nine season scoring averages in the annals of the program, including this year's school record of 288.27 while playing the program’s toughest-ever schedule.