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John Hatcher Ferguson, Bruce Shober, Allen Smith & Head Coach Chad Eisele Earn 2019 VaSID Golf All-State Honors

VaSID All-State Golf
VaSID All-State Golf

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College freshman John Hatcher Ferguson/Rocky Mount has been selected as the 2019 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) College Division Men's Golf Rookie of the Year, and second-year head coach Chad Eisele garnered VaSID College Division Men's Golf Coach of the Year honors, as announced by the organization.  Ferguson was also a First Team All-State selection, as was junior Bruce Shober/Appomattox, while sophomore Allen Smith/Durham, N.C. was named Second Team All-State.

Ferguson averaged 74.56 through 10 tournaments and 27 rounds this year to rank 61st in NCAA Division III and 22nd in the South Region.  He posted season-low scores of 65 for 18 holes, 140 for 36 holes and 217 for 54 holes.  Ferguson earned four Top 10 individual finishes among five Top 20 placings overall this year.  Among his top efforts, he tied for first at the Tom Kinder Memorial Tournament on September 24-25 in Harrisonburg, posting 69-73--142, tied for fifth at the 48th Camp Lejeune Gold Championship on April 5-7 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, posting 75-65-77--217, and tied for 72nd at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships on May 14-17 in Nicholasville, Kentucky, posting 79-77-75-83--314.  John previously was named the ODAC Rookie of the Year and First Team All-ODAC, along with being named to the Division III PING All-South Region Team.

Shober averaged 74.30 through 10 tournaments and 27 rounds to rank 54th in Division III and 21st in the region.  He posted season-low scores of 69 for 18 holes, 142 for 36 holes and 214 for 54 holes.  Shober earned three Top 10 individual finishes among seven Top 20 placings overall this year.  Among his top efforts, he tied for fourth at the Royal Lakes Oglethorpe Invitational on October 1-2 in Flowery Branch, Georgia, posting 73-69--142, tied for 14th at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational on October 14-16 in Sandestin, Florida, posting 72-71-71--214, and tied for 61st at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships on May 14-17 in Nicholasville, Kentucky, posting 71-80-80-78--309.  Bruce previously was named First Team All-ODAC, as well as being named to the Division III PING All-South Region Team.

Smith averaged 74.89 through 10 tournaments and 27 rounds to rank 105th in Division III and 43rd in the region.  He posted season-low scores of 66 for 18 holes, 140 for 36 holes and 218 for 54 holes.  Smith earned three Top 10 individual finishes among five Top 20 placings overall this year.  Among his top efforts, he finished eighth at the ODAC Championship on April 28-30 in Browns Summit, North Carolina, posting 79-74-71--224, tied for 10th at the 48th Camp Lejeune Gold Championship on April 5-7 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, posting 74-66-78--218, and tied for 49th at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships on May 14-17 in Nicholasville, Kentucky, posting 73-80-81-72--306.  Allen previously was named Second Team All-ODAC.

Coach Eisele, also the College's Director of Athletics, led the program to Top 15 National Rankings in both the Division III Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll (12th) and the Golfstat Division III Top 25 (13th).  The Tigers posted a 72-hole score of 1222 (297-315-309-301) to finish 12th at the national championships, its lowest 72-hole score in five overall appearances in the national tournament.  H-SC earned six Top Five finishes among eight Top 10 efforts in 10 overall tournaments this year, averaging 296.67 per round, 16th-best in DIII and eighth-best in the region.  Eisele previously was named the ODAC Jack Jensen Coach of the Year.

The complete 2019 VaSID College Division Men's Golf Teams and special award winners are listed below.

Player of the Year: Brian Peccie, Washington and Lee
Rookie of the Year: John Ferguson, Hampden-Sydney
Coach of the Year: Chad Eisele, Hampden-Sydney

First Team

John

Ferguson

Hampden-Sydney College

Nathan

Ouimette

Southern Virginia University

Brian

Peccie

Washington and Lee University

David

Rabil

Christopher Newport University

Bruce

Shober

Hampden-Sydney College

Second Team

Sebastien

Bonte

University of Mary Washington

Lance

Keiser

Ferrum College

Phillip

Manceri

University of Mary Washington

Allen

Smith

Hampden-Sydney College

William

Snyder

Christopher Newport University