Guilford's Ratner Heads ODAC Golf Awards
GC's Maggard, R-MC's Fuller, RC's Skaff and Ketron Honored
CAPE CHARLES, Va. --- Guilford College junior
Noah Ratner was named the ODAC Golfer of the Year at an awards
ceremony in conjunction with the ODAC Golf Championship at Bay
Creek Resort and Club on Monday evening. The standout Quaker
was joined by his coach, Corey Maggard, as the Jack Jensen Coach of
the Year. Randolph-Macon College's Kyle Fuller was tabbed
ODAC Rookie of the Year. Roanoke College's Adam Skaff was
selected as the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete, and
fellow Maroon Brandon Ketron was recognized as the Ted Keller
Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Ratner, from Asheville, N.C., has put together one of the most impressive seasons in Guilford and ODAC golf history. He has won a Guilford record-tying four events during the 2011-12 regular season, capturing titles at the Gordin D-III Preview, Golfweek Invitational, O'Briant-Jensen Memorial and TaylorMade adidas Invitational. He entered the ODAC championship as the league's top scoring golfer with an ODAC-low 72.1 strokes per round. That average also has him ranked #1 in NCAA Division III, according to Golfstat's player rankings (http://www.golfstat.com/2011-2012/men/mncplhth.htm#DivIII). He was won four ODAC Golfer of the Week awards this season, giving him 10 in his career. He also is tied for the lowest round of the season with a 65 in the first round at the O'Briant-Jensen Memorial.
Coach Maggard, in his second season guiding the Quakers, enjoys his second straight Jack Jensen Coach of the Year award. His Quakers have ranked at or near the top of the Golfstat team rankings (http://www.golfstat.com/2011-2012/men/mncaahth.htm#DivIII) all season, currently holding down the fifth position. Guilford has also ranked at or near the top of the Golf World/Nike NCAA Division III Coaches Poll. The Quakers are currently second in that listing. Coach Maggard has led his Guilford squad to four event victories and the consolation title at the 41st Marine Corps Intercollegiate at Camp LeJeune.
Fuller, from Richmond, Va., put together a solid first season in Ashland. His 75.7 average ranked eighth in the ODAC heading into championship weekend, the best mark of all the Yellow Jackets. Among his nine starts, he placed in the top-five once, finishing in a tie for fourth at the Ted Keller Memorial in October. His low round of the season was a 69 in the first round at Camp LeJeune.
Skaff, a senior from Charleston, W.Va., boasts a 3.5 grade point average as a biochemistry major. He was named a 2010-11 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar and was the recipient of The Merck Award for outstanding graduate in chemistry or biochemistry at Roanoke College. He is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta national health pre-professional honor society and will be attending West Virginia University School of Medicine in the fall. On the course, Skaff is second on the Maroons and tied for 13th in the ODAC with a 76.4 average. He competed in five events leading up to the ODAC Championships, earning a pair of top-10 finishes that includes a tie for third at the Virginia Intercollegiate in October.
Ketron, a senior from Abingdon, Va., tied with Skaff at the Virginia Intercollegiate as the duo posted two-over par two-round totals of 146 and helped Roanoke to a third place finish in the event. Ketron entered the ODAC Championship leading the Maroons and ranking third in the conference with a 74.7 average. He owns four top-10 performances on the season, including a pair of top-five finishes. He placed fourth at the Hampden-Sydney Invitational in addition to his efforts at the Virginia Intercollegiate.
For more information on ODAC Golf, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com. For more on the 2012 ODAC Golf Championship, visit the ODAC's championship website at www.odaconline.com/tournament/spring/golf.
2012 ALL-ODAC GOLF TEAMS
ODAC Player of the Year: Noah Ratner, Guilford
Jack Jensen Coach of the Year: Corey Maggard, Guilford
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Kyle Fuller, Randolph-Macon
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Adam Skaff, Roanoke
Ted Keller Sportsmanship Award: Brandon Ketron, Roanoke
ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM
Travis Gahman, Sr., Bridgewater
John Phillips, Sr., Bridgewater
Noah Ratner, Jr., Guilford
Mitch Robinette, Fr., Guilford
Drew Thompson, Fr., Guilford
Ronnie Fultz, Sr., Hampden-Sydney
Rick O’Connell, So., Hampden-Sydney
Brandon Ketron, Sr., Roanoke
ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM
Tod Foshee, Jr., Bridgewater
Dusty Roberts, Sr., Guilford
Conrad Anguera, Sr., Lynchburg
Adam Skaff, Sr., Roanoke
Hunter Weaver, Jr., Randolph-Macon
Wilson Anthony, Sr., Washington and Lee
ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM
Drew Arnold, Fr., Hampden-Sydney
Matt Lipscomb, Jr., Lynchburg
Kyle Fuller, Fr., Randolph-Macon
Adam Sauls, Sr., Virginia Wesleyan
Patrick Clossin, Fr., Washington and Lee