Liberty's Kieran Vincent has been named the 2017 VaSID Men's Golf Rookie of the Year, while three Liberty players were named to the all-state team, which was announced earlier today by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
Vincent was one of three top award winners on the 2017 VaSID All-State University Division Men's Golf team. Virginia senior Jimmy Stanger was named the VaSID Men's Golfer of the Year, while Cavaliers Head Coach Bowen Sargent was selected Coach of the Year for the third season in a row and sixth time since 2008.
A total of six programs were represented on the VaSID all-state team with Liberty leading the way with three of the 10 honorees.
Junior Isaiah Logue was a first-team selection, while fellow junior Mickey DeMorat and Vincent were second-team honorees.
Vincent takes home his second Rookie of the Year honor, as the native of Harare, Zimbabwe, was also named the 2017 Big South Freshman of the Year.
Vincent ranked third on Liberty's roster with a 72.15, marking the fifth-best scoring average in program history. The freshman opened his career in grand fashion, claiming medalist honors at Duke's Rod Myers Invitational with a program record 15-under par 201 (67-67-67).
Vincent is the second Flame to earn VaSID Rookie of the Year honors, joining Logue who was named Virginia top freshman in 2015.
Logue is making his third-straight appearance on the all-state team, earning second-team honors in 2015 and 2016.
Logue led the Flames during the 2016-17 season, finishing his third year at Liberty with a 71.80 season stroke average. The mark ranks third best in program history, only trailing the junior (71.28) and senior (71.65) season stroke averages of All-American Robert Karlsson.
The Fairfield, Pa., native tied for the team lead with five top-10 finishes and paced the squad with a trio of top-five results. He played 21 of his 40 rounds at par or better this season, lowering his career stroke average to 72.38, which ranks second best in program history.
Logue posted the second best season stroke average in the Big South Conference this season, earning All-Big South honors for the third year in a row.
DeMorat was named a second-team all-state honoree for the second year in a row. The native of Merritt Island, Fla., finished just behind Logue's scoring average with a 71.81 mark which ranks fourth best in program history.
DeMorat was an All-Big South selection and one of five players named to the Big South All-Championship listing following Liberty's second place showing at the 2017 Big South Men's Golf Championship in April.
DeMorat missed the first half of Liberty's spring season due to an injury, but still managed to finish tied for third on the team with four top-10 finishes and tied for second with a pair of top-five showings.
Liberty finished the 2016-17 season ranked No. 49 in the final Golfstat national rankings, spending each week of the season in the top-50 national rankings. The Flames spotlighted the run with a No. 22 ranking on Oct. 22.
Following a second-place finish at the 2017 Big South Men's Golf Championship, the Flames earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Regional. Liberty was the No. 8 seed at the NCAA Austin Regional, which was contested at the University of Texas Golf Club (par 71, 7,355 yards) in Austin, Texas, May 15-17.
2017 VaSID All-State University Division Men's Golf Team
First Team Derek Bard, Sr., Virginia Ryan Cole, Sr., James Madison Mark Lawrence, So., Virginia Tech Isaiah Logue, Jr., Liberty Jimmy Stanger, Sr., Virginia
Second Team Myles Creighton, Jr., Radford Eric Edwards, Jr., George Mason Mickey DeMorat, Jr., Liberty Kieran Vincent, Fr., Liberty Sarit Suwannarut, Fr., Virginia Tech
VaSID Golfer of the Year – Jimmy Stanger, Sr., Virginia VaSID Coach of the Year Bowen Sargent, Virginia VaSID Rookie of the Year – Kieran Vincent, Liberty
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