Courtesy of KSU Sports Information
NORMAN, Okla. ? The post season awards continue to pile up for Kent State senior David Markle (Shelburne, Ontario / Centre Dufferin) who was honored as a PING Honorable Mention All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Markle receives the honor after leading the Golden Flashes to a program best sixth place finish at the NCAA Championship.
“David had one of the best spring seasons by anyone in my many years here at Kent State,” said Head Coach Herb Page, now in his 30th season, “I could not be more proud of him. He continually worked to improve his game during his time here and has certainly earned the right to be put among this elite group of Division I golfers.”
Capping his collegiate career off with a fantastic spring, Markle averaged a team best 72.8 strokes per round in eight spring events. At the NCAA Championship he earned the second highest Kent State individual finish in school history. Trailing only Jon Mills’ sixth place showing in 2001, Markle tied for ninth with a nine-over 297 (70-76-76-75) and was also the top KSU finisher at the NCAA Central Regional.
“For a couple of years I told myself that I was going to have a good senior year,” Markle said. “I wanted to go out the right way, to do my best to help the school get back to the NCAAs. I feel good about what we did as a team and what I did as an individual.”
Having already received PING All-Region and First Team All-MAC accolades this season, the three time MAC Golfer of the Week had eight top 10 and a team high nine top 20 finishes in 13 events.
Markle, who was the top KSU finisher in six events this spring, is the first KSU golfer to earn All-American status since Mills was a First Team honoree in 2001. Overall its the 20th time in program history that a Kent State golfer has been recognized, and the 18th in Page’s 30 year tenure.
With a victory at the National Invitational Tournament at Omni Tucson National Golf Course in March, Markle earned an entry into the upcoming British Amateur. The tournament will be held June 16 to 21 at Turnberry in Scotland, the site of several British Opens, including the 2009 edition.
Kent State All-Americans
David Markle - 2008 Honorable Mention
Jon Mills - 2001 First Team, 2000 Third Team
Ben Curtis - 2000 Second Team, 1999 Second Team, 1998 Honorable Mention
Donnie Darr - 1995 Third Team
Bryan DeCorso - 1995 Honorable Mention
Kevin Kraft - 1994 Honorable Mention
Eric Frishette - 1994 Second Team, 1993 Honorable Mention, 1992 Honorable Mention
Brian Bridges - 1991 Third Team, 1990 Honorable Mention
Dave Morland - 1991 Honorable Mention, 1990 Honorable Mention
Karl Zoller - 1985 Honorable Mention
Tom Jereb - 1984 Honorable Mention
Ned Weaver - 1977 Honorable Mention
Mike Morrow - 1973 Honorable Mention