AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State freshman Henrik Norlander has been named to Golfweek magazine’s All-America team, according to a recent announcement from the publication’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla.
A native of Danderyd, Sweden, Norlander was named to the honorable mention All-America squad. He became the first freshman in the history of the ASU men’s golf program to be named a PING/GCAA All-American when he was selected to the third team by the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America) last week. He was also just one of 10 freshmen in the nation to earn Golfweek accolades.
Norlander fashioned perhaps the finest freshman season in the history of the Jaguar men’s golf program. He collected two individual victories at the CordeValle Collegiate last fall and the Cavalier Classic in April. He helped lead ASU to a second-place finish in the NCAA East Regional at Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. He entered the NCAA Championships with a 71.89 stroke average and his four top-10’s and six top-20’s both were team highs.
The only Jaguar to play in all 12 events in 2007-08, Norlander finished the season with a team-best 72.39 stroke average while his six sub-70 rounds, 15 rounds or par or better and his 32 rounds in the 70’s all led the team.
Norlander’s selection marks the ninth under ASU head coach Josh Gregory and the 17th All-American selection for the Jaguar men’s golf program since 1995.
Oklahoma State’s Rickie Fowler was named the Golfweek College Player-of-the-Year. A freshman at Oklahoma State, Fowler who won two events and had top-8 finishes in 10 of 12 starts this season. Joining Fowler are UCLA’s Kevin Chappell, who won the NCAA individual championship en route to leading the Bruins to the team championship, and
Alabama’s Michael Thompson, who shot a final-round 65 to capture the SEC individual title. Georgia State’s Joel Sjoholm, Southern California’s Jamie Lovemark and Rory Hie, Sihwan Kim from Stanford, Jonas Blixt from Florida State, Georgia Tech’s Chesson Hadley and Jorge Campillo of Indiana round out the 10-player first team.
“Today’s college game is incredibly competitive, and Golfweek salutes these players for being the best of the best,” said Golfweek Editor Jeff Babineau. “Today’s collegiate talent pool is deep, filled from all corners of the globe, and to be named to the All-America Team is an impressive accomplishment. You will be hearing many of these names for many years to come in both the amateur and professional game.”
2008 Golfweek All-America Teams FIRST TEAM Rickie Fowler Oklahoma State Fr. Murrieta, Calif. Kevin Chappell UCLA Sr. Fresno, Calif. Michael Thompson Alabama Sr. Tucson, Ariz. Joel Sjoholm Georgia State Sr. Gothenburg, Sweden Jamie Lovemark Southern California Soph. Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Rory Hie Southern California Soph. Lakewood, Calif. Sihwan Kim Stanford Fr. Buena Park, Calif. Jonas Blixt Florida State Sr. Hammaro, Sweden Chesson Hadley Georgia Tech Soph. Raleigh, N.C. Jorge Campillo Indiana Jr. Cacares, Spain SECOND TEAM Webb Simpson Wake Forest Sr. Raleigh, N.C. Gareth Shaw East Tennessee State Sr. Lisburn, Northern Ireland Russell Henley Georgia Fr. Macon, Ga. Adam Mitchell Georgia Jr. Chattanooga, Tenn. Troy Merritt Boise State Sr. Fridley, Minn. Billy Horschel Florida Jr. Grant, Fla. Zack Sucher UAB Jr. Mobile, Ala. Hudson Swafford Georgia Soph. Tallahassee, Fla. Rob Grube Stanford Sr. Hinsdale, Calif. Ryan Spears Wichita State Sr. Del City, Okla. THIRD TEAM Derek Fathauer Louisville Sr. Jensen Beach, Fla. Erik Flores UCLA Jr. Grass Valley, Calif. Charlie Holland Texas Jr. Dallas, Texas Jonas Enander Hedin Charlotte Sr. Taby, Sweden Matthew Swan Alabama Jr. Montgomery, Ala. Jonathan Hodge Chattanooga Jr. Jefferson City, Tenn. Andrew Putnam Pepperdine Fr. University Place, Wash. James Allenby Oregon State Sr. Langley, British Columbia Jay Moseley Auburn Sr. Bainbridge, Ala. Harris English Georgia Fr. Thomasville, Ga. HONORABLE MENTION Kevin O’Connell North Carolina Fr. Cary, N.C. Jurrian Vander Vaart Virginia Tech Sr. Almelo, The Netherlands HENRIK NORLANDER AUGUSTA STATE FR. DANDERYD, SWEDEN Kyle Stanley Clemson Soph. Gig Harbor, Wash. Aaron Goldberg San Diego State Sr. Encinitas, Calif. Jesper Kennegard Arizona State Fr. Klippan, Sweden Manuel Villegas Florida Sr. Medellin, Colombia Ryan Brehm Michigan State Sr. Mount Pleasant, Mich. Mark Anderson South Carolina Sr. Beaufort, S.C. Matthew Giles Southern California Fr. Sydney, Australia Tom Glissmeyer Southern California Jr. Colorado Springs, Colo. Trent Leon Oklahoma State Jr. Dallas, Texas Matt Hill North Carolina State Fr. Bright’s Grove, Ontario Cameron Tringale Georgia Tech Jr. Laguna Nigel, Calif. Clayton Rask Minnesota Sr. Otsego, Minn. Corey Nagy Charlotte Soph. Charlotte, N.C. Michael Schachner Duke Sr. Libertyville, Ill. Mike Van Sickle Marquette Jr. Wexford, Pa. Andrew Landry Arkansas Jr. Groves, Texas Brian Harman Georgia Jr. Savannah, Ga.