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Three Jackets Make All-ACC Golf Team

Greensboro, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s Connor Howe, Christo Lamprecht and Ross Steelman have been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Team, announced Thursday by the conference office.

The Tech trio are among fifteen student-athletes who were honored on the all-conference team, with Lamprecht and Howe earning spots for the second straight year. Steelman made the team for the first time, although it is his second career all-conference honor, having made the All-Southeastern Conference team while at Missouri.

North Carolina’s David Ford was named the ACC Player of the Year, while Ben James of Virginia was named the ACC Freshman of the Year. Andrew DiBitetto of North Carolina was voted ACC Coach of the Year.

The All-ACC Team, Player, and Freshman of the Year were determined by a combination of the Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin rankings in conjunction with a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches, while Coach of the Year was selected by a vote of the coaches.

Lamprecht (ranked No. 7 in Golfstat and No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings), Steelman (No. 17 Golfstat, No. 9 Sagarin) and Howe (No. 50 Golfstat, No. 55 Sagarin), each of whom holds the highest rankings of their careers, made the team automatically via their average national ranking.

Lamprecht, a junior from George, South Africa, has finished in the top-10 of seven tournaments, winning the Inverness Intercollegiate in the fall and most recently tying for ninth place in ACC Championship stroke play and winning both of his matches in the match play championship. Steelman, a senior from Columbia, Mo., has six top-10 finishes in seven tournaments and won the deciding points for the Jackets in each of their ACC championship matches. Howe, fifth-year senior from Ogden, Utah, tied for third in the ACC Championship stroke play and has three top-10 finishes this spring. All three have stroke averages under 71.

The trio has been the core of a Yellow Jackets’ team that won the 2023 ACC Championship, defeating Wake Forest in the championship match and downing Duke in the semifinals after winning the 54-hole stroke-play portion of the championship by 16 shots. Tech has finished as a runner-up in five other tournaments, including three this spring. The trio has combined for 14 individual top-10 finishes.

This is the 27th time since 1985 that Tech has had multiple players make the All-ACC team, and the 14th time that three or more Yellow Jackets have made the team. The selections bring to 41 the number of different Tech golfers who have made the All-ACC team at least once during their careers. Tech’s 80 all-time All-ACC selections trail only Clemson (88) and Wake Forest (87), who are charter members of the conference.

2023 All-ACC Men’s Golf Team

  • Cole Anderson, Florida State
  • Jack Bigham, Florida State
  • Brett Roberts, Florida State
  • Frederik Kjettrup, Florida State
  • Connor Howe, Georgia Tech
  • Christo Lamprecht, Georgia Tech
  • Ross Steelman, Georgia Tech
  • Max Kennedy, Louisville
  • Jiri Zuska, Louisville
  • Ryan Burnett, North Carolina
  • David Ford, North Carolina
  • Austin Greaser, North Carolina
  • Dylan Menante, North Carolina
  • Ben James, Virginia
  • Michael Brennan, Wake Forest (ACC champion)

ACC Player of the Year – David Ford, North Carolina

ACC Freshman of the Year – Ben James, Virginia

ACC Coach of the Year – Andrew DiBitetto, North Carolina

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ABOUT GEORGIA TECH GOLF

Georgia Tech’s golf team is in its 28th year under head coach Bruce Heppler, winning 71 tournaments in his tenure. The Yellow Jackets have won 19 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, made 31 appearances in the NCAA Championship and been the national runner-up four times. Connect with Georgia Tech Golf on social media by liking their Facebook page, or following on Twitter (@GTGolf) and Instagram. For more information on Tech golf, visit Ramblinwreck.com.

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