University of North Carolina freshman Ben Griffin, a two-time state champion when he played for East Chapel Hill, has been named to the 2015 Ping Division I all-region team along with two of his UNC teammates. Griffin, sophomore Carter Jenkins of Raleigh and freshman William Register of Burlington were named to the team selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America and announced last weekend.
Griffin earned all-ACC honors earlier in May, having won two tournaments in his first year as a Tar Heel — the Tar Heel Intercollegiate and the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate, both with a score of 10-under 206. He carded eight top-10 finishes in Carolina’s 11 tournaments this year, and his other three were top-25 finishes — including a share of 20th place in the ACC Championship.
Griffin led the Tar Heels with a stroke average of 70.05.
“On top of being named All-ACC, he earned a 4.0 GPA this spring semester,” UNC head coach Andrew Sapp noted when Griffin’s ACC honors were announced. “This may be one of the toughest years to make All-ACC in men’s golf. Our conference is so strong and with a record breaking 10 teams moving on to the NCAAs, the competition for individual awards was incredible. It is a testament to Ben’s consistency throughout the year, an honor well deserved.”
Griffin led the Tar Heels 2015 with a stroke average of 70.05 in 12 events and earned All-ACC honors.
Register was second on the team with a stroke average of 71.63 and, like Griffin, shot 11 rounds in the ‘60s. He was UNC’s top placer at the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional, where he tied for 13th.
Jenkins transferred to Carolina from UNCG after the fall semester. He was one of UNC’s top two finishers in four spring events, including a team-best fourth-place finish at the Lamkin San Diego Classic.
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