The Golf Coaches Association of America has named Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, Fla.) junior Jeff Evanier to the PING Division II All-South region team following the end of the 2012-13 season.
A total of 109 players from eight different regions earned the honor. Seventeen student-athletes were selected from the South Region alone.
Earlier this spring, Evanier was a second-team All-Sunshine State Conference selection and helped pilot the Tritons to the NCAA championship south regional for the second year in a row. He became just the second golfer in program history since at least 2002 (Nicolas Rockmann in 2005) to earn All-Conference accolades.
“I’m happy Jeff was selected because he’s been such a consistent performer and played great down the stretch when we had the chance to qualify for regionals,” said Eckerd head coach Bill Buttner.
Eckerd jumped to No. 10 in the final NCAA south region rankings with a strong regular-season finish to clinch the coveted post-season bid. Evanier was also named to the SSC All-Tournament team after finishing second individually in the talented field at the conference tournament at Lake Jovita Golf Club in Dade City.
He was just two strokes off the lead with a three-round total of 211 (-5) and the Tritons pushed into the No. 10 spot in the NCAA south region rankings with additional post-season play remaining a strong possibility.
Additionally, he was presented with the team’s MVP Award at the Eckerd athletics banquet after shattering the school’s single-season 18-hole scoring record.
The junior’s year was highlighted with three top-10 finishes and another five performances inside the top-25. He fired a career-best round of 67 (-4) in the opening round of the Buccaneer Invitational.
After tying for 19th at last year’s NCAA championship in Kentucky as an individual, Evanier picked up right where he left off and posted a pair of top-five finishes in his junior campaign while currently owning the school’s single-season scoring record with a 72.85 average through 21 rounds.
In addition to his performance in the conference tournament, Evanier tied for second in Valdosta, Ga., at the Southeastern Collegiate Tournament.