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Standout Barton College sophomore men’s golfer Bryson Boyette remains bothered by a back injury that prevented him from competing in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional in Florida last week.
However, his overall outlook improved tremendously with Thursday’s announcement from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Boyette was among 12 players selected to the GCAA’s 2019 Division II Ping All-Southeast Region team.
“That makes (the back) feel a lot better,” Boyette, a product of Fike High and the 2017 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A individual champion, declared. “It makes me want to go play some more. I may try it out tomorrow.”
Boyette was among a pair of Conference Carolinas golfers honored. The other was Brett Krekorian of Limestone (South Carolina) College.
Completing the elite lineup: Mauro Baez of Flagler, Dan Bradbury of Lincoln Memorial, Sam Broadhurst of Lincoln Memorial, Jordan Doull of Columbus State, Tom Forster of Carson-Newman, Juan Hurra of Flagler, August Lindvall of the University of South Carolina at Aiken, Jonathan Noble of Queens University, Vincent Norman of Georgia Southwestern and Dan Sheehan of USC Aiken.
Broadhurst captured the South/Southeast Regional individual championship last week.
Boyette paced the Bulldogs with a stroke average of 72.4. He tied for seventh in the conference tournament, was proclaimed All-Conference Carolinas first team and Conference Carolinas Men’s Golfer of the Year.
Boyette helped the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in the conference tournament for the third consecutive year and was the first Barton player since Austin Doerr in 2015 to qualify for the regional.
Boyette was also Barton’s first all-region selection since Doerr.
The Wilson golfer learned of his recognition from a friend via a text Thursday afternoon.
“Pretty cool,” Boyette responded. “I didn’t even know about it. I didn’t know there was such an award.
“I looked over the list, and a lot of great players did a lot of good things. To be in the same conversation with them is pretty cool.”
Boyette, however, emphasized his many accolades (including Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year) do not imply additional pressure his junior season.
“It’s definitely motivation and not pressure-related,” he insisted. “We can celebrate now, but it’s in the past. We’ve got to move on and see how much we can do.”