Digger Golf Puts Four On PING All-Region Team
NORMAN, Okla. – Following the most historic season in program history, the Colorado School of Mines golf team placed four golfers on the Division II Ping All-Central Region squad as announced on Wednesday evening by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Seniors Jim Knous and Cory Bacon and sophomores Michael Lee and Kyle Grassel were named to the squad, and the four All-Region performers from Mines were the most by any team in the country.
Knous, a Basalt native and national runner-up, captured a total of five individual titles during his senior campaign behind a team and conference-best 71.3 stroke average at the four mandatory RMAC events. He finished second in the Golfstat.com Division II Player Rankings with a 10-0 head-to-head record against the top-25 players in the country while adding a 24-0 record against players ranked 26-50. A four-time First Team All-RMAC selection and the 2012 RMAC Player of the Year, Knous posted 11 top-10 finishes and nine top-five finishes during the 2011-12 season. He ended his career with wins in three of his final four tournaments, with the only non-win coming in his playoff loss to eventual national champion Josh Creel at the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Bacon, a Cypress, Calif., product, was a Third Team All-RMAC performer this season and also made an appearance on the 2012 RMAC Spring Championship All-Tournament Team after tying for second at the RMAC Spring Championship. He finished 13th in the conference with a 73.6 stroke average at the four mandatory RMAC events. A 2011-12 First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Bacon was also named First Team Academic All-RMAC selection for the third-straight season. He posted five to-10 finishes and three top-five finishes during his senior season.
Lee, a Greeley native, finished 19th in the RMAC after he posted a 74.3 stroke average at the four mandatory RMAC events to capture Second Team All-RMAC honors. A Preseason All-RMAC selection, Lee posted four top-10 finishes and two top-five finishes as a sophomore. He finished 45th overall at the NCAA Division II National Championships, the second-best finish on the team (Knous).
Grassel, a Chesterton, Ind., native, earned Third Team All-RMAC honors after posting five top-10 finishes during the season, including a tie for first at the CCU Invite (RMAC #3) on Oct. 9-11. A First Team Academic All-RMAC selection, Grassel finished tied for 10th in the RMAC with a 73.1 stroke average over nine total RMAC rounds. He also tied for 37th overall at the NCAA Division II West/Central Super Regional on May 7-9.
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2012 Division II PING All-Central Region Team
Cory Bacon, Colorado School of Mines
Billy Barnhart, St. Cloud State
James Berry, CSU-Pueblo
Spencer Biersdorff, UCCS
Brandon Bingaman, Colorado Mesa
Grant Dean, UCCS
Eddie DeLashmutt, UCCS
Gordy Diekman, St. Cloud State
Kyle Grassel, Colorado School of Mines
Jim Knous, Colorado School of Mines
Michael Lee, Colorado School of Mines
Charlie West, St. Cloud State