GCAA selects Braden Thornberry to PING All-America Team

Thornberry becomes third two-time All-American in school history.

Posted: Jun 21, 2018 5:03 PM

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (Ole Miss Athletics/WTVA) - Ole Miss golfer Braden Thornberry was named to the PING All-America Second Team, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Thursday afternoon. Earning All-America accolades for the second consecutive season, Thornberry becomes the third two-time All-American in school history.

Thornberry, the No. 2 ranked amateur in the world, had a big junior season on the golf course. He led the Rebels to another NCAA Regional appearance before qualifying for the NCAA Championships to defend his title as national champion. Thornberry collected four victories this season, increasing his career total to a school-record 11. He earned medalist honors at the Shoal Creek Invitational, FAMC Intercollegiate at The Grove, Hootie at Bulls Bay and Old Waverly Collegiate Championship. The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native ended the 2017-18 collegiate season ranked top 20 nationally in the following categories: versus par (9th at -1.49), par 3 scoring (9th-3.01), birdies (12th-155) and scoring average (15th-70.28).

The list of honors continues to grow for Thornberry. Along with becoming the first Ben Hogan Award finalist in school history, Thornberry was also a finalist for the Fred Haskins Award and a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award. He became a first team All-SEC honoree for the second straight season, the sixth Rebel to ever accomplish that feat, and earned PING Southeast All-Region accolades for the second consecutive time.

Along with being tabbed a PING All-America First Team selection last year, Thornberry joins Darren Cole and Dave Peege as the only two-time All-Americans in Ole Miss history.

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PING All-America Teams

First Team
Shintaro Ban, UNLV
Broc Everett, Augusta
Doug Ghim, Texas
Nick Hardy, Illinois
Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State
Theo Humphrey, Vanderbilt
Collin Morikawa, California
Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M
Justin Suh, Southern California
Matthew Wolff, Oklahoma State
Norman Xiong, Oregon

Second Team
Zach Bauchou, Oklahoma State
George Cunningham, Arizona
Brad Dalke, Oklahoma
Stephen Franken, NC State
Ian Holt, Kent State
Dylan Meyer, Illinois
Kyle Mueller, Michigan
Bryson Nimmer, Clemson
Lorenzo Scalise, Tennessee
Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss

Third Team
Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb
Hayden Buckley, Missouri
Patrick Fishburn, BYU
Luis Gagne, LSU
Lee Hodges, Alabama
Brandon Mancheno, Auburn
John Pak, Florida State
Davis Riley, Alabama
Scottie Scheffler, Texas
Thomas Walsh, Virginia

Honorable Mention
John Augenstein, Vanderbilt
Claudio Correa, USF
Quade Cummins, Oklahoma
Chandler Eaton, Duke
Austin Eckroat, Oklahoma State
Will Gordon, Vanderbilt
Blaine Hale, Oklahoma
Grant Hirschman, Oklahoma
Chase Johnson, Kent State
Phillip Knowles, North Florida
Joshua Martin, North Carolina
Patrick Martin, Vanderbilt
Garrett May, Baylor
Stefano Mazzoli, TCU
Cole Miller, Penn State
Fredrik Nilehn, Texas Tech
Alvaro Ortiz, Arkansas
Yannik Paul, Colorado
Matthew Perrine, Baylor
Turk Pettit, Clemson
Spencer Ralston, Georgia
Ivan Ramirez, Texas Tech
Jovan Rebula, Auburn
Doc Redman, Clemson
Isaiah Salinda, Stanford
Alex Smalley, Duke
Brandon Smith, Texas A&M
Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine
Travis Trace, North Florida
Kristoffer Ventura, Oklahoma State
Cameron Young, Wake Forest
Andy Zhang, Florida

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