June 6, 2007
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Roberto Castro and Cameron Tringale were named second-team PING Division I All-Americans Wednesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America, while freshman Chesson Hadley was named to the honorable mention team.
Each of the first three teams includes 10 players, while a total of 29 players were given honorable mention.
Castro, already a four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer and a first-team All-American in 2005, becomes the fourth Georgia Tech golfer to earn All-America recognition all four years, joining David Duval, Bryce Molder and Nicholas Thompson. Tringale is well on his way to joining that list, having been named a third-team All-American as a freshman in 2006.
A native of Alpharetta, Ga., who graduated with high honor from Tech on May 5, Castro posted a senior year stroke average of 71.77, second to Tringale, and finished in the top 10 in a team-high six of 11 tournaments. He won co-medalist honors at the Puerto Rico Classic, tied for second at the UH-Hilo Invitational and tied for fifth at the ACC Championship. For his career, Castro had 20 top-10 finishes in 47 events, and his 71.89 stroke average over 144 rounds is the fourth-best in Tech history, behind only Molder, Duval and Matt Kuchar.
Tringale, a sophomore from Laguna Niguel, Calif., led the Jackets in stroke average for the second straight year (71.45), improving his mark more than a half-stroke from his freshman year. He finished in the top 10 five times in 12 events, all in the spring, including a runner-up showing at the ACC Championship and a tie for ninth at the NCAA Championship, his second top-10 finish at nationals.
Hadley, a freshman from Raleigh, N.C., who did not qualify to play in a fall event, played in all seven spring tournaments as a solid No. 3 player for the Yellow Jackets. He tied for ninth place at the ACC Championship, then paced the Yellow Jackets at both the NCAA East Regional (seventh place) and NCAA Championship (tie for fourth), and finished the year with a 72.09 stroke average.
Tech began the spring ranked out of the top 20 in the nation, rose to win the ACC Championship, tie for second at the NCAA East Regional and post an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championship. The Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 9 in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, while Castro finished No. 14 and Tringale No. 16 among individuals. Hadley’s NCAA finish vaulted him 25 spots to No. 51 in the rankings.
Division I PING All-America Teams
First TeamRhys Davies, East Tennessee StateBilly Horschel, FloridaDustin Johnson, Coastal CarolinaChris Kirk, GeorgiaNiklas Lemke, Arizona stateJamie Lovemark, Southern CaliforniaKyle Stanley, ClemsonDaniel Summerhays, Brigham YoungBrendon Todd, GeorgiaDawie van der Walt, Lamar
Second Team Benjamin Alvarado, Arizona State Charlie Beljan, New Mexico Jonas Blixt, Florida State Joseph Bramlett, Stanford Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech Kevin Chappell, UCLA Rob Grube, Stanford Brian Harman, Georgia Michael Thompson, Alabama Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech
Third Team Bronson Burgoon, Texas A&M Derek Fathauer, Louisville Matt Harmon, Michigan State Colt Knost, SMU Lucas Lee, UCLA Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount Zack Miller, Stanford Matthew Savage, Stanford Joel Sjoholm, Georgia State Martin Ureta, North Carolina
Honorable Mention Victor Almstrom, Minnesota Oliver Bekker, Lamar Louie Bishop, UC Davis Matt Bortis, Texas George Bryan IV, South Carolina Jon Curran, Vanderbilt Andrew DiBitetto, Charlotte Oscar Floren, Texas Tech Charles Ford, Tennessee Aaron Goldberg, San Diego State Chesson Hadley, Georgia Tech Jason Kokrak, Xavier Bronson LaCassie, Minnesota Andrew Landry, Arkansas Trent Leon, Oklahoma State Daniel Lim, Stanford Michael Manning, Augusta State Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State Adam Mitchell, Georgia Brett Myers, Tulsa Corey Nagy, Charlotte Lindsey Renolds, Coastal Carolina Matt Savage, Florida State Michael Schachner, Duke Gareth Shaw, East Tennessee State Webb Simpson, Wake Forest Tim Streng, Western Illinois Zach Sucher, UAB Jarred Texter, UNLV Niall Turner, Minnesota Mike Van Sickle, Marquette Dan Woltman, Wisconsin