Four From Dalton State Are NAIA Golf All-Americans

Ben Rebne Is Named To First Team

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2021 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.

Ruan Pretorius of Point (Ga.) was named the 2021 NAIA Men's Golfer of the Year. Ben Rickett of Dalton State (Ga.) was named the 2021 NAIA Men's Golf National Coach of the Year after leading his team to their first-ever red banner.

Like the women's team, the men also placed four individuals on the All-America list.

Outgoing senior Ben Rebne heads the list as a 1st team selection. He capped off his final season in Roadrunner Navy by sinking a 20-footer to win the 2021 NAIA National Championship for Dalton State. The 2020 Jack Nicklaus Award winner and 3-time SSAC Player of the Year had a scoring average of 72.52 with 1 tournament win, 7 top-5's and 8 top-10's.
 
Matthew Cleary and Steve Kibare made the 2nd team, while Trevor Bassett was announced on the 3rd team. Cleary had a strong Spring finishing in the top-5 in 2 of the 6 events while collecting a top-10 in another. He had a scoring average of 74.21 in 28 rounds played on the season and had a best finish of 3rd at the SSAC Championship.
 
Freshman Kibare and Bassett both made statements in their first seasons on campus. Bassett collected an event win with 4 top-5's, 5 top-10's, and a scoring average of 74.76. Kibare had the 2nd best scoring average on the team at 73.71 and matched Bassett with 4 top-5's and 5 top-10's. Kibare narrowly missed a top-10 in the national tournament with an 11th place finish. 
 

2021 NAIA MEN'S GOLF ALL-AMERICANS

 
First Team 

Lucas Cena, Keiser (Fla.)

Mason Domecq, Ottawa (Ariz.)

Corey Matthew, Morningside (Iowa)

Javier Neira, Keiser (Fla.)

Dawson Peters USCB

Ruan Pretorius, Point (Ga.)

Ben RebneDalton State (Ga.)

Logan Smith, William Woods (Mo.)

Jackson Lawlor, Coastal Georgia

Ryan Van Der Klis, Point (Ga.)

Troy Watson, Kansas Wesleyan

John Houk, Tennessee Wesleyan

Chip Thompson, Coastal Georgia

Cole Stevens, Point (Ga.)

Tyron Davidowitz, Texas Wesleyan

 
Second Team 

Cameron Luczka, Indiana Wesleyan

Javan Johnson, Taylor (Ind.)

Kane Ybarra, Our Lady of the Lake

Steve Kibare, Dalton State (Ga.)

Matthew Cleary, Dalton State (Ga.)

Chayan Duha Texas Wesleyan

Florian Benner, Keiser (Fla.)

Isac Wallin, Keiser (Fla.)

Sentanio Minnie, Wayland Baptist (Texas)

Jacob Thomas, USCB

Eric Wowor, Point (Ga.)

Andre Beccera, Bellevue (Neb.)

Justin Warman, Campbellsville (Ky.)

BK Lim, Ottawa (Ariz.)

Alberto Uriach, Webber International (Fla.)

 
Third Team 

Taylor Beckstead, Texas Wesleyan

Trevor Basset, Dalton State (Ga.)

Leonardo Ruggieri, Southwestern Christian

George Langham, Coastal Georgia

Hugo Ronnberg, Bellevue (Neb.)

Rodrigo Naverette, Bellevue (Neb.)

Jake Miller, Indiana University East

Wilhelm Ahlgren, Keiser (Fla.)

Carter Nicholson, Loyola (La.)

Matthew Soucinek, Southeastern (Fla.)

Hunter Clay, Reinhardt (Ga.)

Zhao Gu, Texas Wesleyan

Isaac Walker, Cumberland (Tenn.)

Sebastian Tremulot, Wayland Baptist (Texas)

Dalton Daniel, Oklahoma City




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