June 8, 2006
ATLANTA – Cameron Tringale was named to the second team, Kevin Larsen to the third team, and Roberto Castro honorable mention Thursday as the Golf Coaches Association of America announced its PING All-America teams in NCAA Division I golf.
Tringale, a freshman from Laguna Niguel, Calif., earned the honor with a stellar spring capped by his tie for eighth place at the NCAA Championship in Sunriver, Ore. The first-year player won ACC Championship medalist honors and also won the individual title at the UH-Hilo Intercollegiate in February. He finished the year ranked No. 18 nationally, led the Jackets in stroke average (72.19), earned All-ACC honors and was named the conference Freshman of the Year.
Larsen, a junior from Santa Barbara, Calif., earned the first All-America honors of his career after a standout year in which he posted seven top-20 finishes, five of those in the top 10, including top-20s on the ACC Championship and NCAA Central Regional. The nation’s 19th-rated player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, Larsen led the Yellow Jackets in stroke average until the NCAA Championship, finishing at 72.36, and was named to the All-ACC team.
A junior from Alpharetta, Ga., Castro made the All-ACC team for the third time in his career and finished in the top 20 seven times in 12 events. He placed third at the PING/Golfweek Preview Invitational in the fall and tied for fifth at the UH-Hilo Invitational in the spring, his best efforts. A first-team choice in 2005, Castro has earned All-America recognition three times in three years at Tech.
Division I PING All-America Teams
First TeamRyan Baca, BaylorAlejandro Cañizares, Arizona StateRhys Davies, East Tennessee StateMatt Every, FloridaOscar Floren, Texas TechBilly Horschel, FloridaDustin Johnson, Coastal CarolinaChris Kirk, GeorgiaPablo Martin, Oklahoma StateJonathan Moore, Oklahoma State
Second Team Ryan Blaum, Duke Jay Choi, New Mexico Erik Flores, UCLA Mark Haastrup, Georgia State Brian Harman, Georgia Anthony Kim, Oklahoma Kyle Reifers, Wake Forest Brett Stegmaier, Florida Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech Dawie Van der Walt, Lamar
Third Team Andrew Dresser, Texas Tech Andres Gonzales, UNLV Rob Grube, Stanford Kevin Larsen, Georgia Tech Niklas Lemke, Arizona State Stephen Lewton, NC State Alex Prugh, Washington Martin Ureta, North Carolina James Vargas, Florida Taylor Wood, Southern California
Honorable Mention Benjamin Alvarado, Arizona State Zach Bixler, Washington Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech Kevin Chappell, UCLA Alex Coe, Pepperdine Brian Duncan, Clemson Jake Ellison, Brigham Young Travis Esway, Arizona Daniel Im, UCLA Eirik Johansen, South Carolina Kevin Kisner, Georgia Russell Knox, Jacksonville Matt Kohn, Kentucky Bronson LaCassie, Minnesota Tyler Leon, Oklahoma State James Lepp, Washington Luke List, Vanderbilt Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount James Love, Denver Edward McGlasson, Colorado Andrew Parr, Texas A&M Stephen Poole, Clemson Richard Scott, Georgia Webb Simpson, Wake Forest Dusty Smith, Lamar Scott Stallings, Tennesse Tech Daniel Summerhays, Brigham Young Jared Texter, UNLV Brendon Todd, Georgia Niall Turner, Minnesota Casey Watabu, Nevada Andy Winings, Kentucky