Andreas Lunding Named CACC Golf Rookie of the Year While Head Coach Harry Jennings Earns Coach of the Year at Annual Golf Banquet
Monday, April 8, 2013 - Lafayette Hill, Pa.
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Senior PJ Tighe was named All-CACC for the fourth year in a row. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Freshman Andreas Lunding (L) was named the 2013 CACC Rookie of the Year while head coach Harry Jennings picked up his second straight CACC Coach of the Year award. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Junior Andrew Baldo was named All-CACC for the third year in a row. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Freshman Andreas Lunding led a group of four Wilmington University golf team members who earned accolades at the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Golf Banquet on Monday night, leading up to the CACC Tournament being played at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club starting Tuesday.
Lunding (Horsholm, Denmark) was named the CACC Rookies of the Year after being ranked 332 in Golfstat, the top rookie ranking for the conference. Head coach Harry Jennings picked up his second straight CACC Coach of the Year award in leading the Wildcats in his ninth season. Jennings currently has seven golfers ranked inside the top-30 in the conference standings according to Golfstat.
The freshman posted consecutive victories during the 2013 spring season, capturing top honors at the Dowling College Bayside Invitational and the WU Spring Invitational. Lunding captured top individual honors at the Dowling invitational with a three-stroke win prior to opening with a 69 in the WU Spring Invite en route to a two stroke victory. For the wins, Lunding was named the CACC Player and Rookie of the Week for each week.
The Wildcats also had two other golfers named to the 2013 CACC Men’s Golf All-Conference Team, as junior Andrew Baldo and senior PJ Tighe joined Lunding with the honors.
It is the third straight year that Baldo (Landenberg, Pa.) has been named All-CACC, as he is currently ranked 468th on Golfstat. For the spring season, Baldo has a low round score of 72, accomplished in the final round at the Buccaneer Invitational in the team’s last tournament. He had a season’s best fifth place finish at the WU Spring Invite, shooting a 75-74 at Back Creek Golf Club.
Tighe is no stranger to the All-CACC team, being named in each of his four years as a Wildcat. He was the CACC Rookie of the Year in 2010, the CACC Tournament and NCAA Division II East/Atlantic Super Regional Individual Champion, and became the first Wilmington golfer to earn All-America status in 2012. He currently is ranked 523 in Golfstat, and after sitting out the fall, has come on strong late in the spring season. He had a season low 69 in the final round at the Buccaneer Invitational, finishing in 20th for the tournament.
Post University’s Thomas Rees was named the CACC Player of the Year after being ranked 166 on Golfstat. In eight tournaments this year he has carded an average score of 74.71 and has five top-20 finishes in 2012-2013. Rees finished first at the Northeast Intercollegiate Golf Championships in September and capped the fall portion of the schedule with his third top-10 finish at the Connecticut Cup in October.
Joining the Wildcats on the 2013 CACC Men’s Golf All-Conference Team was Goldey-Beacom’s Patrick McRae, Concordia’s Jeff Schaller, Eutumio Fernandez Meade, and Sam Deitte, Dominican’s Keith Prokop, and Post’s Ross Earnshaw. Chestnut Hill was the Team Sportsmanship Award recipient.
The all-conference, player and rookie of the year awards are determined from the current Golfstat rankings and the coach and team sportsmanship award winners are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
The CACC Tournament begins on Tuesday and the Wildcats are the two-time defending CACC Tournament Champions. Baldo earned medalist honors in 2011 while Tighe took home the top honor last season.