The fine collegiate play of Austin James is being recognized once again.
The Bath, Ontario native has been named as a semi-finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award. The annual honour is presented to U.S. college golf’s National Player of The Year.
The former Canadian Junior Champion and Junior at Charleston South University has had an exemplary 2015/2016 season.
Already named as the 2016 Big South Player of the Year and the winner of the Big South Conference individual golf championship two weeks ago, he recorded an amazing eight top-ten finishes during the year with six of those being in the top-five.
During his medalist win at the Big South Conference he shot 11 under par, a score only eclipsed through history by PGA TOUR winner Dustin Johnson.
His stroke average of just 70.6 bettered his nearest rival in that category in the Big South by more than a stroke. He is currently ranked #16 in the nation.
Having already received a spot in the field at the NCAA Championship, it is expected James’ 58th ranked team will also be part of the 81-team field when the selections are made later this week.
As a semi-finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award, James must now wait and see if he becomes a finalist when they are announced on May 25. The winners of the award for the various NCAA Divisions will be revealed on June 2 with the award presented by Jack Nicklaus himself during a ceremony at the Memorial Tournament.
Division I Jack Nicklaus Award National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol Semifinalists:
Derek Bard, Virginia
Charlie Danielson, Illinois
Thomas Detry, Illinois
Doug Ghim, Texas
Will Gordon, Vanderbilt
Gavin Hall, Texas
Rico Hoey, Southern California
Sam Horsfield, Florida
Beau Hossler, Texas
Austin James, Charleston Southern
Michael Johnson, Auburn
Chase Koepka, USF
Hank Lebioda, Florida State
KK Limbhasut, California
Lee McCoy, Georgia
Maverick McNealy, Stanford
Nahum Mendoza III, San Diego State
Adrian Meronk, East Tennessee State
Matt NeSmith, South Carolina
Aksel Olsen, USF
Corey Pereira, Washington
Jon Rahm, Arizona State
Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt
Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Louisville
Robby Shelton, Alabama
Greyson Sigg, Georgia
Lars van Meijel, Memphis
Aaron Wise, Oregon
Zach Wright, LSU
Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest