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Eisele leads 2020 VaSID golf honors for Tigers

Hampden-Sydney College third-year head coach Chad Eisele has been selected as the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) College Division Men’s Golf Coach of the Year for the second-straight year, as announced by the organization.

In addition, sophomores John Hatcher Ferguson/Rocky Mount and Hunter Martin/Gloucester Point each garnered First Team All-State honors, while seniors Adam Hade/Richmond and Bruce Shober/Appomattox were Second Team All-State choices.

John Hatcher Ferguson ranked 47th in NCAA Division III and 20th in the South Region with his 72.94 scoring average through six tournaments and 16 rounds. He posted season-low scores of 68 for 18 holes (twice), a team-best 137 for 36 holes and 212 for 54 holes. Ferguson earned one Top Five individual finish among three Top 20 placings overall with four rounds in the 60’s among eight rounds of par or better. He tied for second at the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall Invitational on October 7-8 in Flowery Branch, Georgia, posting a 69-68–137. Ferguson tied for 14th nationally in DIII first round scoring (72.33), tied for 15th in par 4 scoring (4.11), tied for 20th in par 5 scoring (4.81) and birdies (51), tied for 21st in average score (72.94), tied for 27th in pars per round (11.00) and tied for 40th in par 3 scoring (3.21). John previously was named a 2020 NCAA Division III PING Honorable Mention All-American, PING All-South Region and First Team All-ODAC.

Hunter Martin ranked 18th in DIII and sixth in the region with his team-best 71.69 scoring average through six tournaments and 16 rounds. He posted season-low scores of 67 for 18 holes (twice), 138 for 36 holes and a team-best 210 for 54 holes. Martin earned one Top Five and two Top 10 individual finishes among six Top 20 placings overall with three rounds in the 60’s among eight rounds of par or better. He tied for fifth at the Gordin Collegiate Classic on September 30-October 1 in Columbus, Ohio, posting a 67-71-73–211. Martin ranked fourth nationally in DIII first round scoring (71.00), fifth in par 4 scoring (4.06), sixth in average score (71.69), tied for seventh in par 3 scoring (3.06), eighth in birdies (58), tied for 14th in par 5 scoring (4.79), tied for 19th in final round scoring (72.17) and ranked 21st in pars per round (11.19). Hunter previously was named to the 2020 NCAA Division III PING All-America Second Team, PING All-South Region and First Team All-ODAC.

Adam Hade ranked 57th in DIII and 27th in the region with his 73.44 scoring average through six tournaments and 16 rounds. He posted season-low scores of 68 for 18 holes, 141 for 36 holes and 211 for 54 holes. Hade earned two Top 10 individual finishes among three Top 20 placings overall with two rounds in the 60’s among seven rounds of par or better. He tied for eighth at the O’Briant-Jensen Memorial on October 28-29 in Greensboro, North Carolina, posting a 74-69–143. Hade tied for 13th nationally in DIII par 3 scoring (3.09), tied for 15th in par 4 scoring (4.11), tied for 22nd in pars per round (11.13), was 29th in average score (73.44), tied for 42nd in birdies (46) and tied for 48th in first round scoring (73.83). Adam previously was named the ODAC Men’s Golf Ted Keller Sportsman of the Year and First Team All-ODAC.

Bruce Shober ranked 88th in DIII and 38th in the region with his 73.88 scoring average through six tournaments and 16 rounds. He posted season-low scores of 70 for 18 holes, 141 for 36 holes and 212 for 54 holes. Shober earned one Top 20 finish overall with seven rounds of par or better. He tied for 12th at the Golfweek Division III Fall Preview on October 13-15 in Miramar Beach, Florida, posting a 71-70-71–212. Shober tied for seventh nationally in DIII pars per round (11.63), was 23rd in par 4 scoring (4.14), tied for 29th in final round scoring (72.67), tied for 35th in par 3 scoring (3.18), tied for 36th in average score (73.88) and tied for 49th in par 5 scoring (5.02). Bruce previously was named Second Team All-ODAC.

Chad Eisele is the first to repeat as the VaSID Coach of the Year since the College Division began its own honor roll in 2013. He led the program to Top 10 National Rankings in both the Division III Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll (fifth) and the Golfstat Division III Top 25 (sixth). H-SC posted one tournament win among six Top 10 (three top five) team finishes in six tournaments, averaging 289.44 per round to rank fourth in DIII and third in the region. The Tigers led DIII in first round scoring (73.37), was second nationally in par 4 scoring (4.14) and pars per round (11.11), third in average score (73.46), fourth in par 3 scoring (3.15), fifth in final round scoring (73.57), seventh in par 5 scoring (4.94) and eighth in birdies (226).

The complete 2020 VaSID College Division Men’s Golf All-State Teams and special award winners are listed below.

VaSID Men’s Golf College Division Player of the Year: Elias Haavisto, Averett University

VaSID Men’s Golf College Division Rookie of the Year: Elias Haavisto, Averett University

VaSID Men’s Golf College Division Coach of the Year: Chad Eisele, Hampden-Sydney College

VaSID Men’s Golf College All-State First Team:

• Elias Haavisto, Averett University

• Alex Price, Christopher Newport University

• John Hatcher Ferguson, Hampden-Sydney College

• Hunter Martin, Hampden-Sydney College

• Brian Peccie, Washington & Lee University

VaSID Men’s Golf College All-State Second Team:

• Kevin Quinto, Christopher Newport University

• Lance Keiser, Ferrum College

• Adam Hade, Hampden-Sydney College

• Bruce Shober, Hampden-Sydney College

• Phillip Manceri, University of Mary Washington