Ainsworth and Savoie earn DII PING All-American Honors

Ainsworth and Savoie earn DII PING All-American Honors

GCAA Official Release

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo senior Liam Ainsworth and junior Joey Savoie were named to the Division II PING All-America teams announced Monday, June 20th by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), joining freshman Hugo Bernard, who was announced to the first team in Denver, Colorado on May 19th.

"I am so proud of these guys and all that they achieved this year," Saint Leo University's head men's golf coach Chris Greenwood stated.

Liam Ainsworth, a native of London, England, was selected to the DII PING All-America Second Team following his performance at the NCAA National Championships at Green Valley Ranch Golf Course in Denver Colorado. Ainsworth finished in a tie for eighth place at the championships with a 209 total (-7); Ainsworth turned in rounds of 71-70-68 over the three rounds of stroke play at Green Valley Ranch GC.

Joey Savoie, a native of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, was named to the DII PING All-America Third Team after his final performance of the 2016 season at the NCAA National Championships. Savoie finished in 11th place with a final of 210 (-6); Savoie carded rounds of 69-66-75 in the stroke play portion of the championships.

Ainsworth and Savoie joined Bernard, the 2016 NCAA DII Individual National Champion and DII PING First Team All-American, on the DII PING All-America teams, before teaming up with Griffin Clark and Ryan Gendron to lead Saint Leo's men's golf team to the school's first ever National Championship on May 21st. The Lions knocked off Wilmington (DE) 3-2 in the quarterfinals of match/medal play to advance to the semifinals to face Sunshine State Conference foe, and 2016 SSC Champion, Lynn University. Saint Leo came out victorious after the two teams tied 2-2-1, with a one stroke difference to head to the national championship match against No. 1 Chico State. Saint Leo used a 3-2 win to claim the national title.

Greenwood was named the 2016 Dave Williams DII National Coach of the Year following the team's performance all season and at the national championships in Denver.

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Division II PING All-America Teams

First Team
Hugo Bernard, Saint Leo                  
Chandler Blanchet, West Florida                  
John Coultas, Florida Southern
Alistair Docherty, Chico State
Lee Gearhart, Chico State
Jimmy Jones, Florida Southern
Graham McAree, Indianapolis                    
Barrett Waters, West Georgia 

Second Team
Liam Ainsworth, Saint Leo
Mario Beltran, Barry
Mateo Gomez, Lynn
Brad Hawkins, Tusculum
Calum Hill, Western New Mexico
Richard Mansell, Nova Southeastern
John VanDerLaan, Florida Southern
Carr Vernon, CSU Monterey Bay 

Third Team
Ethan Chamineak, Georgia Southwestern State
Chris Crisologo, Simon Fraser
Kavan Eubank, California Baptist
Sam Johnston, Oklahoma Christian
Colin Prater, UC-Colorado Springs
Joey Savoie, Saint Leo
Manuel Torres, Lynn
Niclas Weiland, Barry 

Honorable Mention
Mike Anderson, Barry
Griffin Brown, Limestone
Martin Cancino, Lynn
Nico Cavero, Barry
John Clare, Le Moyne
Garrett Fey, Dallas Baptist
Christopher Gentle, St. Thomas Aquinas
Juan Jose Guerra, Nova Southeastern
Andrew Hall, Carson-Newman
Dylan Healey, CSU San Marcos
Jacob Huizinga, West Florida
Eric Kline, Central Oklahoma
Brandon Lee, Sonoma State
Andreas Lunding, Wilmingon (DE)
Forrest Knight, North Alabama
Markus Lindberg, Missouri-St. Louis
Reed Lindsey, Delta State
Jose Andres Miranda, Lynn
Talin Rajendranath, West Florida
Alex Springer, Central Missouri
Talon Supak, Illinois-Springfield
Jake Troyer, Malone
Justin Wiles, Chico State