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Thomas Finalist for Dave Williams Award
Following the most successful season in program history, Liberty head golf coach Jeff Thomas has been named a Division I finalist for the Dave Williams Award.
The Dave Williams Award is presented by Easton Golf Pride in conjunction with the Golf Coaches Association of America. The award honors the nation's top collegiate golf coach each year.
Thomas led the Flames to their first-ever Big South title this year in April. Liberty posted the second most dominate victory in conference championship history. The Flames recorded a 31-stroke victory at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C., in April.
Thomas earned his second-consecutive Big South Coach of the Year award prior to the start of the league championship event.
The tournament victory earned Liberty an NCAA Regional berth, the third in program history and the first by virtue of an automatic bid. Liberty was sent to Tucson, Ariz., for the NCAA Arizona Regional where the Flames were the No. 5 seed in the 14-team field.
Liberty achieved its highest regular-season ranking in program history this season, as the Flames entered the NCAA Arizona Regional ranked No. 27 in the country by Golfweek.
The Flames finished third or better in nine of 12 team events during the 2010-11 season. Liberty led the Big South Conference with a 288.31 team stroke average, a mark that was six strokes better than the program's previous season stroke average record of 294.45 (2009-10).
Division I Dave Williams Award finalist
Buddy Alexander, Florida
Ryan Donovan, San Diego State
Derek Freeman, UCLA
Mark Hankins, Iowa
Bruce Heppler, Georgia Tech
J.T. Higgins, Texas A&M
Mike McGraw, Oklahoma State
Brad McMakin, Arkansas
Jay Seawell, Alabama
Colin Sheehan, Yale
Mike Small, Illinois
Jeff Thomas, Liberty