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Chang and Lench Named PING All-Americans

June 21, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Chang and Lench Named PING All-Americans

Liberty's Ervin Chang and Gabe Lench joined elite company on Thursday when the pair were named to the 2019 PING All-America honorable-mention team, which was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

With their selections, Chang and Lench become the second and third All-Americans in program history. Liberty's Robert Karlsson was named to the GCAA PING All-America third team in 2012.

A total of 30 players were named to the PING All-America first, second and third teams. Chang and Lench were part of the 32 players who were selected to the All-America honorable-mention team.

The honor is another accolade in a long list for the successful pair during the 2018-19 season. Both golfers were named to the ASUN All-Conference first team and honored on the PING All-Region East team. Yesterday, Chang and Lench were also selected to the VaSID All-State first team.

Chang also was named the ASUN Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the ASUN Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

The pair helped the Flames during one of the most historic seasons in program history. Liberty was consistently ranked inside the Golfstat top 25 national rankings all season, including a program best No. 18 in March. Liberty finished the year ranked No. 22 in the final Golfstat national rankings.

The Flames earned the program's eighth NCAA Regional appearance in the last nine years. Liberty finished in fifth place at the NCAA Athens Regional, pushing the program to the national championship for the second time in school history.

Liberty finish 20th at the 2019 NCAA Men's Golf National Championship, the team's second best finish at the national championship.

Chang finished his junior season with a 71.71 stroke average, which ranks fourth-best in program history.

Chang was named to the ASUN Men's Golf All-Conference first team, and he was selected the ASUN Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He led the team with eight top-10 finishes and played 19-of-35 rounds at par or better (54.3 percent) this season.

Lench paced Liberty with a 71.62 season stroke average, marking the second best single-season stroke average in program history. Lench joined Chang on the ASUN Men's Golf All-Conference first team and the ASUN Men's Golf Championship All-Tournament team.

The lone senior in Liberty's starting lineup in 2018-19, Lench posted six top-10 finishes, including sharing medalist honors with teammate Alexandre Fuchs at the Intercollegiate at The Grove.

Lench became the first player in program history to advance to the final day of stroke play at the NCAA Men's Golf National Championship where he finished tied for 24th place with a 6-over par 294 (75-73-69-77).

2019 PING All-America Team

First Team
Steven Fisk, Georgia Southern
Will Gordon, Vanderbilt
Cole Hammer, Texas
Viktor Hovland, Oklahoma State
Collin Morikawa, California
Bryson Nimmer, Clemson
John Pak, Florida State
Justin Suh, Southern California
Matthew Wolff, Oklahoma State
Chun An Yu, Arizona State

Second Team
Peter Kuest, BYU
Andy Ogletree, Georgia Tech
Chandler Phillips, Texas A&M
Trent Phillips, Georgia
Isaiah Salinda, Stanford
Matthias Schmid, Louisville
Sandy Scott, Texas Tech
Alex Smalley, Duke
Brandon Wu, Stanford
Cameron Young, Wake Forest

Third Team
John Augenstein, Vanderbilt
Chandler Eaton, Duke
Austin Eckroat, Oklahoma State
Blake Elliott, McNeese State
Philip Knowles, North Florida
Patrick Martin, Vanderbilt
Stefano Mazzoli, TCU
Mac Meissner, SMU
Luke Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
Scott Stevens, South Carolina

Honorable Mention
Eric Bae, Wake Forest
Zach Bauchou, Oklahoma State
Albin Bergstrom, USF
Ervin Chang, Liberty
Steven Chervony, Texas
Parker Coody, Texas
Pierceson Coody, Texas
Kyle Cottam, Clemson
Sebastian Crampton, California
Quade Cummins, Oklahoma
Lee Detmer, Wake Forest
Kyler Dunkle, Utah
Michael Feagles, Illinois
Alex Fitzpatrick, Wake Forest
Stephen Franken, NC State
Noah Goodwin, SMU
Austin Hitt, North Carolina
Tripp Kinney, Iowa State
Gabe Lench, Liberty
KK Limbhasut, California
Kaito Onishi, Southern California
Spencer Ralston, Georgia
Rhett Rasmussen, BYU
Garret Reband, Oklahoma
Jovan Rebula, Auburn
Billy Tom Sargent, Western Kentucky
Henry Shimp, Stanford
Benjamin Shipp, NC State
David Snyder, Stanford
Davis Thompson, Georgia
Patrick Welch, Oklahoma
Trevor Werbylo, Arizona