OC’s Johnston named to GCAA Division II All-Freshman Team

OC golfer Sam Johnston has been named to the Golf Coaches Association of America's Division II All-Freshman Team.
OC golfer Sam Johnston has been named to the Golf Coaches Association of America's Division II All-Freshman Team.

NORMAN, Okla. (May 23, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s Sam Johnston, who ranked fourth among NCAA Division II golfers in stroke average during the 2012-13 season, has been named to the Division II All-Freshman Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Johnston, a freshman from San Diego, posted a 71.56 stroke average this season, second-best among Division II freshmen behind Adam Sevennson of Barry (Fla.), who was named as the recipient of the GCAA’s Phil Mickelson Award, presented to the most outstanding freshman in Division II men’s golf.

Johnston won two tournaments, the U.C. Ferguson Classic in September at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s West Course in Oklahoma City and the Winchester Classic last month at Winchester Country Club in Meadow Vista, Calif. In the Oklahoma event, he tied the tournament scoring record, and in the California event, he beat 50 NCAA Division I golfers.

He was named as the Heartland Conference player of the week three times and received first-team all-conference honors. He also was named as the National Christian College Athletic Association student-athlete of the week three times and earned first-team NCCAA All-America honors last fall.

Johnston set several freshmen golf records at OC, including wins and scoring average. The previous freshman scoring-average school record of 73.2 was held by OC Athletic Hall of Fame member Bruno Buccolo.

“Sam had an incredible year,” OC coach David Lynn said. “I would like to thank the GCAA and the All-Freshman Team committee for recognizing Sam’s achievements this year as our university transitions into the NCAA.”

Joining Johnston on the All-Freshman Team were Svennson, Santiago Gomez of Midwestern State (Texas), Hunter O’Mahony of Nova Southeastern (Fla.) and Kenny You of Dixie State (Utah).