Nicholls’ O’Neil repeats as Southland Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Year, headlines All-Academic teams

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Ryan O’Neil of Nicholls

FRISCO, Texas – Ryan O’Neil of Nicholls has been named the Southland Conference’s Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, as the annual All-Academic Team was announced Tuesday.

O’Neil carries a 3.51 grade point average in Business Administration and was named to the All-Southland Second Team. He was twice named Southland Golfer of the Month and posted a 74.13 stroke average for the year, claiming two top 5 finishes in the spring. Lasr season, was named Southland Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Year, Srixon/Cleveland All-America Scholar, All-Southland First Team, Southland All-Academic First Team and All-Louisiana Second Team.

He is joined on the all-academic first team by first team all-conference selections Braxton Kuntz of Nicholls and Carl Hardin of Lamar, as well as Jacob Lindh of Lamar and Henry Augenstein of New Orleans.

Lamar has three total all-academic selections, with HCU and Nicholls having two picks each. Francis Marion, New Orleans, and A&M-Commerce each have one selection.

The all-academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and an academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA and completed one full academic year at the nominating institution to qualify for All-Academic selection. Student-Athlete of the Year nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.

Student-Athlete of the Year: Ryan O’Neil, Nicholls

First Team

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Ryan O’Neil Nicholls Sr. Charlotte, N.C. 3.51 Business Administration
Henry Augenstein New Orleans Gr. Columbia, S.C. 3.89 Master’s – Business Administration
Carl Hardin * Lamar Jr. Loddekopinge, Sweden 3.04 Business Education
Braxton Kuntz * Nicholls So. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 4.00 Finance
Jacob Lindh Lamar R-Sr. Skanor, Sweden 3.91 Industrial Engineering

Second Team

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Braeden Barnett Francis Marion R-Fr. Gallivants Ferry, S.C. 3.81 Physics
Ben Caton HCU Sr. St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland 3.94 Finance
Hugo Hellman Lamar Gr. Salem, Sweden 3.80 Finance
Kittiphong Phaituncharoensuk A&M-Commerce Sr. Phuket, Thailand 3.70 Sport & Recreation Management
Michael Townsend HCU Sr. Montgomery, Texas 4.00 Management

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