SDSU Golfer J.J. Spaun Collects Second All-America Honor
June 20, 2012
SAN DIEGO - Senior men's golfer J.J. Spaun (San Dimas, Calif.) capped his San Diego State career by earning All-America honors for the second year in a row, as he was one of 10 players tabbed to the Division I PING second team, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Wednesday. Spaun, who was a third-team choice in 2011, becomes the first Aztec to earn back-to-back All-America honors since former standout Aaron Goldberg in 2007-08.
Spaun led SDSU to its best-ever Division I finish last month, as the squad tied for fifth place after advancing to the match-play portion of the NCAA championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Individually, he logged his second-consecutive top-15 performance at nationals by tying for 13th place after coming in third in 2011.
The 2012 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, Spaun made national headlines by winning three tournaments in consecutive starts from March 13-23. For his efforts, he was named the National Amateur of the Month by the Southern Golf Association, Mountain West Golfer of the Month and Golf World College Player of the Week. Spaun's five career medalist honors tie him for first in school history along with SDSU Hall of Famer Lennie Clements.
Spaun is also a three-time all-league honoree (2010-11-12) and ended the campaign ranked 17th by Golfstat.com and 21st nationally by Golfweek. He currently boasts a World Amateur Golf rating of No. 13 and finished the 2011-12 collegiate season with a team-low 70.81 stroke average. He placed in the individual top 10 nine times as a senior and 24 occasions overall over his four-year SDSU career.
Spaun is the 11th Aztec to earn multiple All-America honors in his career and is the program's highest selection since Kris Moe was also a second-team honoree in 1984.
The GCAA recognized 62 of the nation's top men's collegiate golfers overall with 11 on the first team, 10 on the second team and 10 on the third team, followed by 31 honorable mention selections.
2011-12 PING Division I All-America Teams
Blayne Barber, Auburn Julien Brun, TCU Dylan Frittelli, Texas Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga Daniel Miernicki, Oregon Thomas Pieters, Illinois Patrick Rodgers, Stanford Jordan Spieth, Texas Justin Thomas, Alabama Chris Williams, Washington Eugene Wong, Oregon
Second Team J.J. Spaun, San Diego State Patrick Cantlay, UCLA Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA Luke Guthrie, Illinois Brooks Koepka, Florida State Ben Kohles, Virginia Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington T.J. Vogel, Florida Cory Whitsett, Alabama Andrew Yun, Stanford
Third Team Zac Blair, BYU Alex Ching, San Diego Max Homa, California Robert Karlsson, Liberty Joakim Mikkelsen, Baylor Julian Suri, Duke Julio Vegas, Texas James White, Georgia Tech Peter Williamson, Dartmouth Bobby Wyatt, Alabama
Honorable Mention Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech Josh Anderson, Pepperdine Anton Arboleda, UCLA Kevin Aylwin, North Florida Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas John Catlin, New Mexico Albin Choi, NC State Eric Chun, Northwestern Corey Conners, Kent State Sean Dale, North Florida Greg Eason, UCF Derek Ernst, UNLV Ricardo Gouveia, UCF Vaita Guillaume, Campbell Brandon Hagy, California Jeffrey Kang, Southern California Michael Kim, California Will Kropp, Oklahoma Steve Lim, Southern California Tyler McCumber, Florida Nate McCoy, Iowa State Corbin Mills, Clemson Keith Mitchell, Georgia Cameron Peck, Texas A&M Kevin Penner, UNLV Matt Schovee, SMU Max Scodro, Notre Dame Ethan Tracy, Arkansas Joseph Winslow, Iowa Sang Yi, LSU