Lee's Emery First Team All-American Golfer

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Lee senior Matt Emery is a first team All-American for the second straight year and junior Hunter Vest was named to the second team of the 2013 NAIA Men’s Golf All-America teams, as selected by the NAIA-Men’s Golf Coaches Association All-America Committee. A total of 45 student-athletes were honored with 15 individuals being named to each of the three teams.

"I am very proud of both Matt and Hunter," said Lee coach John Maupin. "They have had excellent seasons and are very deserving of this honor.
They have worked very hard and were our most consistent players this season. They backed up this award with some outstanding play at the national tournament. Matt marks only the third first team All-American in program history. Additionally, this is the first time we have had two players in the same season named to the second team or higher."

Said Emery, "Being chosen as an All-American for the second straight year is such an honor. Each year I set individual goals and being an All-American at the end of the year is always one of them. This honor shows that practice and dedication can be individually rewarded."

Vest said, "To be on an All-American team was one of my goals when the year started. Being selected on the second team means a lot to me and is proof that hard work pays off. I'm looking forward to building off this and having an even better year next year."

Oklahoma City, who claimed its second-straight national crown after a dominant performance at this year’s national championships, landed three individuals – Michael Palmer, James Marchesani and Sondre Ronold – on the first team, while Anthony Marchesani received second team recognition. The Stars four All-Americans is tied for the most with Johnson & Wales (Fla.), who landed two on the second team (Damon Salo and Colin Brennan) and two on the third team (Brandon Meltzer and Jordan Meltzer).

Repeat All-Americans include: Emery of Lee (Tenn.), Palmer and James Marchesani of Oklahoma City, Aaron Flores of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), Nathan Anderson of Texas Wesleyan, Niel DuPreez of Lubbock Christian (Texas), Billy Nisbet of SCAD Savannah (Ga.), Jordan Meltzer of Johnson & Wales, and Brandon Thompson of Morningside (Iowa).
Eighteen of the 45 award winners are seniors, while 13 are sophomores, 12 are juniors and two are freshman.

2013 NAIA Men's Golf All-Americans
First Team
Name School Class Hometown
Jose Mariao Vega Bellevue (Neb.) So. Medellin, Colombia
Davis Garner Bellevue (Neb.) Sr. Washington Terrance, Utah
Adam Loran Cal State San Marcos Sr. San Jose, Calif.
Alastair Tidcombe Cumberlands (Ky.) Jr. Nova Scotia, Canada
Michael Slavin Grand View (Iowa) Sr. Johnston, Iowa
Matt Emery* Lee (Tenn.) Jr. Franklin, Tenn.
Joss Gosling Northwood (Texas) So. Harpenden, England
Michael Palmer* Oklahoma City Sr. Johannesburg, South Africa
James Marchesani* Oklahoma City Jr. Rosebud, Australia
Sondre Ronold Oklahoma City Sr. Stavanger, Norway
Aaron Flores* Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) Sr. San Antonio, Texas
Nathan Anderson* Texas Wesleyan Sr. Burleson, Texas
Thane Ringler The Master's (Calif.) Jr. Hutchinson, Kan.
Trevor Banks Virginia Intermont Sr. Lancaster, S.C.
Julian Taylor* William Woods (Mo.) So. York, England
Second Team
Name School Class Hometown
Chien Hau Tan Ashford (Iowa) Sr. Sabah, Malaysia
Conner Kozak British Columbia So. Vernon, B.C.
Ryan Odom Cal State San Marcos Fr. Corona, Calif.
Hugo Alvarez Asorey Cumberlands (Ky.) Jr. Oviedo, Spain
Damon Salo Johnson & Wales (Fla.) So. -
Colin Brennan Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Sr. Andover, Mass.
Hunter Vest Lee (Tenn.) Jr. Cleveland, Tenn.
Niel DuPreez* Lubbock Christian (Texas) Jr. Queenstown, South Africa
Neil Malenke Northwestern (Iowa) Jr. Orange City, Iowa
Anthony Marchesani Oklahoma City Fr. Rosebud, Australia
Billy Nisbet* SCAD Savannah (Ga.) Jr. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Omar Tejeira St. Thomas (Fla.) Sr. Panama
Zach Cabra St. Thomas (Texas) So. McKinney, Texas
Dylan Anthony Texas Wesleyan Sr. Temple, Texas
Darryn Ellis Wayland Baptist (Texas) Sr. Durban, South Africa
Third Team
Name School Class Hometown
Ben Johnson Bethany (Kan.) So. West Sussex, England
Brady Klotz Bethel (Ind.) Sr. Nappanee, Ind.
Scott Secord British Columbia So. Calgary, Alberta
Jed Dalton Concordia (Ore.) Sr. Seattle, Wash.
Joel Sawyer Emmanuel (Ga.) So. Elberton, Ga.
Trey Stoll Grace (Ind.) Jr. Mentone, Ind.
Brandon Meltzer Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Sr. Garden City, N.Y.
Jordan Meltzer* Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Sr. Garden City, N.Y.
Trey Pfund Marian (Ind.) Sr. Sellersburg, Ind.
Brandon Thompson* Morningside (Iowa) So. Totland, England
Ryan Kiewiet Northwestern (Iowa) Jr. Grundy Center, Iowa
Derek Trofimczuk Northwood (Texas) So. Cameron Park, Calif.
Daniel Thompsett Rocky Mountain (Mont.) So. Aboyne, Scotland
Shane Gilbert Southwestern (Kan.) So. Derby, Kan.
Blake Vinson Texas Wesleyan Jr. Fort Worth, Texas
* - 2012 All-American

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