Austin James In Running For Jack Nicklaus Award

Austin James (Photo: Charleston Southern University)
Austin James (Photo: Charleston Southern University)
Austin James (Photo: Charleston Southern University)

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