Two Golfers Named To All-Conference Teams
Monday, April 23, 2012
Two Golfers Named To All-Conference Teams

High Point, N.C. > The Conference Carolinas All-Conference Teams were determined by vote from each Head Coach of participating league institutions. Nominations were collected and then voted upon by ballot and tallied to determine Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year, All-Conference First Team, All-Conference Second Team and All-Conference Third Team. Awards were presented at the league golf team banquet at the Conference Tournament Championships co-hosted by Belmont Abbey College and the Woodlake Country Club in Pinehurst, NC. This year’s award winners are as follows:

MEN'S GOLF:

Player of the Year:

Adam Hedges, Belmont Abbey

Adam Hedges was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year after compiling a season record that sees him ranked number one in the region. He spent two weeks of the year leading NCAA Division II golf in scoring average and has been in the top ten during the entire season. His championship season scoring average is 71.18 which is currently fifth nationally. He earned his first career win at the Richard Rendleman Invitational with a personal best score of 68 in the final round. He added a second place finish at the Bearcat Golf Classic.

Freshman of the Year:

Brad Thorne, Erskine

Brad Thorne was named this year’s Freshman of the Year from Erskine College after scoring four top-twenty showings throughout the year. Thorne had a second place finish at the Anderson University Invitational, a 10th-place performance at The Barton College Intercollegiate, 12th at The King College Invite, and a 17th place spot at Catawba’s Richard Rendleman Invitational.

Coach of the Year:

Joey Denton, Belmont Abbey

Belmont Abbey coach Joey Denton earned Coach of the Year honors in this his second year guiding the Crusader golf programs. Denton has coached a team that spent much the year ranked in the top 30 nationally with a high of 19th in October. Denton has mentored Player of the Year Adam Hedges to a top ten ranking in scoring average, reaching the top spot for two weeks in March.

All-Conference First Team:

Adam Hedges, Belmont Abbey

Daniel Claytor, Barton

Jake Murphy, Coker

Adrian Kibsey, King

Michael Marshburn, Barton

 All-Conference Second Team:

Dermot McElhennon, Barton

Troy Bulmer, Pfeiffer

Brad Thorne, Erskine

CJ Deberg, Queens

Josh O’Neal, North Greenville

All-Conference Third Team:

Josh Bamberger, King

Arnor Finnbjornsson, Belmont Abbey

Tyson Louth, Pfeiffer

Jared Crane, Coker

Michael Blair, Pfeiffer

WOMEN'S GOLF:

Player of the Year:

Valentina Urquiola, Mount Olive

Valentina Urquiola recorded four top 10 finishes in seven tournaments this year, including a first-place finish at the CenturyLink Invitational and a second-place finish at the MOC Spring Invite. Urquiola averaged 77.86 strokes per round during the regular season. She shot 75 or lower in five of 14 rounds in 2011-12. A senior from Venezuela, Urquiola will finish her career with the most wins and lowest stroke average in Mount Olive women's golf history.

Freshman of the Year:

Rachel Moore, Erskine

Rachel Moore from Erskine College was named Freshman of the Year after leading the Flying Fleet team throughout the year. The freshman from Lexington, SC had multiple standout performances highlighted by her fifth place tie at The Aramark Collegiate Invitational Tournament where she carded a 175 (88,87) in the two-day tournament to led the Fleet to a third place showing. Moore also shined at the Agnes McAmis Memorial Tournament where she fired a two-day score of 154 (77, 77).

Coach of the Year:

Chip Spiron, Mount Olive Chip Spiron wins Conference Carolinas Women's Golf Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. He becomes the fourth Mount Olive coach in the past eight years to earn coach of the year honors in back-to-back seasons. Mount Olive posted three of the four lowest 36-hole scores in school history this year, including a record-shattering 637 for a fifth-place finish out 15 teams at the Dana Rader Intercollegiate. The Trojans also recorded a pair of second-place finishes this season.

All-Conference First Team:

Valentina Urquiola, Mount Olive

Chelsea Demers, Pfeiffer

Emelie Andersson, Mount Olive

Julia Wennerlund, Queens

Stephanie Peareth, Pfeiffer

All-Conference Second Team:

Rachel Moore, Erskine

Louise Sjoberg, Queens

Brittney Zine, Barton

Rebecca Mirovich, Belmont Abbey

Denise Shirley, North Greenville

All-Conference Third Team:

Camilla Mallberg, Queens

Esther Gandrias, King

Anna Jenkins, Erskine

Lauren Lyle, Pfeiffer

Mallory Ruhling, Queens