Power, Stewart, Warren capture all three individual accolades
MACON, Ga. (May 26, 2009) - For the second time in its four years in the Atlantic Sun, ETSU's men's golf program sweep the Atlantic Sun's annual awards as junior Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) claimed Player of the Year, Michael Stewart (Troon, Scotland) earned Freshman of the Year and Fred Warren won Coach of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
Power, who was part of an ETSU awards sweep as the Freshman of the Year in 2007 (with Warren and Rhys Davies), became the third Buccaneer to win the conference Player of the Year. Power and former teammates Davies (2006-07) and Gareth Shaw (2008) combined to put an ETSU stranglehold on the league's top individual honor over the last four years. He joins Jacksonville State's Matias Anselmo as the only two in Atlantic Sun history to with both the Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in a career. The Waterford, Ireland native shared Medalist honors as the Larry Nelson Collegiate Invitational and placed second at the Kauai Collegiate Cup.
In winning the Freshman of the Year award, Stewart followed in the footsteps of teammates Power and Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) as the third-straight Buccaneer to capture the honor. At last month's A-Sun Championships, he rallied from four strokes down entering the final round to catch and pass fellow freshman, Campbell's Vaita Guillaume thanks to three consecutive birdies on his closing nine holes. His win marked the third in a row for a Buccaneer, following Power in 2007 and Shaw in 2008. His win at the A-Sun Championships carried him to a unanimous spot on both the All-Atlantic Sun First-Team and All-Freshman Team.
Stewart, Power and Enoch made up three-fifths of the conference's First-Team selections. Stetson's Tommy Parker, who won three tournaments between the fall and spring and Mercer's Bill Jones III, an at-large qualifier to the NCAA's, rounded out the team. Parker won the Jacksonville Invitational in February and shared the top spot at the Bethune-Cookman Fall Invitational and the Larry Nelson Collegiate Invitational. He took second at the Stetson/CFSC Invitational and fifth place at the A-Sun Championships.
Jones' selection caps off a historic season for him and the Mercer program. In April, he became the first Mercer male golfer to win a Golfer of the Month award in more than five years and earned the program's first-ever at-large spot in to the NCAA Regionals. His selection to the First Team marks the first for a Bear since Walt Deloach in 1993.
Campbell's Guillaume led the Second Team, which also consisted of 2008 First-Team selection Josh Gallman for USC Upstate and Kennesaw State's Michael Tulacz, a hold-over from last year. UNF's Jeff Dennis landed on the Second Team for the third time in his career (2006 and 2007). Paul O'Kane (Castledawson, Northern Ireland) became the fourth ETSU representative on the All-Atlantic Sun teams.
Guillaume joined Stewart as a unanimous choice to the All-Freshma team. In addition to his second-place showing at the A-Sun Championships, he finished third at the Mardi Gras Invitational and shared fifth at the CSU Spring Kick Off Tournament. Kennesaw State's Jeff Karlsson, UNF's Joe Byun and FGCU's Brandon Pena rounded out the team. Pena matched the All-Freshman team selection of his teammate, Daniel Mazziota last year while Byun picked up two top-10 finshes and Karlsson closed his freshman season with a tie for 14th at the A-Sun Championships.
Warren's win as Coach of the Year marks the ninth such victory for the Hall-of-Fame coach. He won the A-Sun award in 2007 to go along with seven he totaled while in the Southen Conference. Warrened headed up a team that made their 18th trip to the NCAA Championships.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.