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Cantlay, four others win Nicklaus Award

Patrick Cantlay continues to add to his trophy case.

Cantlay, the standout freshman from UCLA, was named a Jack Nicklaus Award recipient, joined by Abilene Christian’s Alex Carpenter, Chris Morris of Centre, Oklahoma Christian’s Oscar Stark and Meridian Community College’s Brandt Garon.

The Jack Nicklaus Award is the GCAA’s award for Collegiate Players of the Year.

Cantlay was named a PING first-team All-American and garnered the Phil Mickelson Award this past week. Cantlay had four individual victories this season, while also leading the Bruins into the match-play rounds at the NCAA Championships in Stillwater. UCLA lost to Duke in the round of 8. Cantlay also won Pac-10 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors.

Carpenter’s stats were even more impressive, winning seven tournaments, including six straight. He was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference honoree, helping ACU to a third-place finish at the conference championship tournament. His seven victories were split between the two seasons, with four coming in the fall and three in the spring. He had a scoring average of 70.89, the lowest in school history. ACU finished third at the NCAA Div. II national tournament.

Morris, a team captain, led the Colonels to the NCAA Div. III title, where he won the Arnold Palmer Award for being the national championship medalist and was also named a PING first-team All-American.

Stark was the NAIA individual national champion, while also being named a PING first-team All-American for the third straight year. Stark had two victories and eight top 10 finishes in 10 events this season.

Garon won four events in 2011 while averaging a team-best 72.36 scoring average. He was a PING first-team All-America selection and was named to an event’s all-tournament team eight times in 13 events.

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