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DeaconsZalatoris named finalist for Jack Nicklaus Award

Wake Forest junior Will Zalatoris was one of five finalists for the 2017 Jack Nicklaus Award, announced Thursday. The award annually honors the nation’s top collegiate golfer.

Zalatoris is currently ranked No. 4 nationally in the GolfStat individual rankings and was the ACC Player of the Year. An All-ACC selection for the third consecutive year, his scoring average of 70.00 ranks second in school history. He has six top-five finishes this season, including a win at the General Hackler Championship and three runner-up finishes.

Zalatoris will conclude his junior season this weekend with the NCAA Championship. The first three rounds of the tournament will be held Friday-Sunday with a final round on Monday for players and teams that make the cut.

The 2017 winner of the award will be announced June 1. The presentation will be held at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and presented by award namesake Jack Nicklaus during the final round of the Memorial Tournament.

The five recipients will also compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship, held July 20-23, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Ala. The Barbasol Shootout will be held June 3 at the Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Mount Olive: The team has been named the 2016-17 Conference Carolinas Spring Messick Team Sportsmanship Award winner for men’s golf. Teams were recognized to have demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their Conference Carolinas sport, as voted by member coaches and student-athletes from all member institutions.


Elon: Jordan Barrett and George Kirby combined to throw the first no-hitter in CAA tournament history, but the Phoenix lost a 1-0 game to the College of Charleston Cougars in an elimination game on Thursday.

Women’s Golf

Wake Forest: Sophomore Jennifer Kupcho qualified for her second consecutive U.S. Women’s Open by winning Wednesday’s sectional qualifier in her home state of Colorado. Kupcho shot 6-under over 36 holes at Riverdale Dunes Golf Course to finish first among the field of 63 players.

Women’s Tennis

N.C. State: The doubles tandem of Martina Frantova and Anna Rogers made history Thursday after upsetting Christine Maddox and Mayar Sherif Ahmed of Pepperdine in the NCAA Doubles Championship. The victory distinguishes the duo as the first in school history to advance to the round of 16.

Duke: Meible Chi saw an impressive rookie campaign come to an end Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship, held at the University of Georgia.

Men’s Tennis

Wake Forest: The team continued its perfect start at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, as all three singles representatives and lone doubles team won their matches Thursday to advance to the Round of 16.

Duke: Freshmen Nick Stachowiak and Spencer Furman had their impressive rookie campaigns come to an end Thursday at the NCAA Doubles Championship as the duo fell in a 6-2, 6-4 decision to California’s Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat at Georgia.

Track and Field

St. Augustine’s: Former standouts Barbara Pierre and Josh Scott were among seven inductees entered into the NCAA Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday. In addition, Omar Johnson, Shakera Hall and Shawn Rowe were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Teams on Thursday.

Elon: Nick Ciolkowski was selected to the College of Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team as announced on Thursday. Meanwhile, senior Kimberly Johansen of the women’s team extended her stay at the NCAA East Preliminaries after qualifying for the quarterfinal round in the 1,500 meters on Thursday at the University of Kentucky.

Mount Olive: Junior Jonathan Dahlke was named to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team on Thursday.

Duke: Select Blue Devils competed in the first day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Ky., and was highlighted by senior Christine Streisel, junior Madison Heath and freshmen Katelyn Gochenour and Laura Marty qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.


Campbell: Amber Schisler has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.


Duke: Blue Devils duo Matt Finesilver and Mitch Finesilver have been selected to represent the United States at the 20th World Maccabiah Games, scheduled for July 4-18 in Israel. They are two of the 12 wrestlers chosen to be a part of Maccabi USA Open Men’s Team.


Shaw: The program and head coach Adrian Jones will host the Shaw Football Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 29 at the RGA Golf Course. The event is open to the public and all proceeds will benefit the Shaw football team. The tournament will feature a tee-off at 9 a.m.

Women’s Basketball

Elon: Announced Thursday, the program is set to welcome Ariana Nance, Saadia Munford, Ariel Colón, Emily Maupin, Jaylin Powell and Anna Popovic to the fold in 2017-18. The six join the reigning CAA regular-season and tournament champions next season and a team that is coming off the most successful Division I season in program history.

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