THE FLATS – Georgia Tech seniors Ross Steelman and Connor Howe, key members of the Yellow Jacket team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and finished runner-up at the NCAA Championship in 2022-23, were named to PING All-America teams Tuesday announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Steelman was named to the second team, while Howe was named honorable mention.
They join teammate Christo Lamprecht, who was named a first-team All-American by the GCAA last week. All three players made the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team.
Steelman was the NCAA Championship individual runner-up at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., and finished the spring No. 5 in the Golfstat individual ranking and No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index. The Columbia, Mo., native finished 12th or higher in his final eight events in 2022-23 and delivered the clinching points for Georgia Tech in both of its ACC championship matches and its NCAA semifinal victory over North Carolina. His 69.50 stroke average was the third-best in program history.
Howe, a staple in the Tech lineup for five years, enjoyed his best year in 2022-23, posting five top-10 finishes to come in No. 33 in the final Golfstat individual ranking and No. 38 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index. The Ogden, Utah native tied for third place at the ACC Championship and the NCAA Salem Regional, as well as 29th at the NCAA Championship, all career-best finishes for those events.
Ranked No. 7 nationally by Golfstat and No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index, Lamprecht had a victory and three runner-up finishes in 2022-23. The junior from George, South Africa won the Inverness Intercollegiate in the fall, and in the spring finished second at the Watersound Invitational, the Linger Longer Invitational and The Goodwin. He was the team’s highest finisher in six of 11 stroke play events, and his 69.44 stroke average was one-hundredth of a stroke behind the Tech record of 69.43 set by Bryce Molder in 2000-01.
Ross Steelman finished the spring ranked No. 5 by Golfstat, No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index. (photo by Tim Cowie)
Connor Howe finished the spring ranked No. 33 by Golfstat, No. 38 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index. (photo by Tim Cowie)
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