April 25, 2012

Ratner, Maggard Headline ODAC Golf Awards

CAPE CHARLES, Va. – Guilford College Junior Noah Ratner captured Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Golfer of the Year honors for the second straight year at an awards ceremony in conjunction with the ODAC Golf Championship at Bay Creek Resort and Club on Monday.  Quakers' head coach Corey Maggard was recognized as the Jack Jensen Coach of the Year for the second straight season.  Guilford freshmen Mitch Robinette and Drew Thompson were named to the All-ODAC First Team.  Teammate Dusty Roberts earned Second Team All-ODAC honors.

Ratner has put together one of the most impressive seasons in Guilford and ODAC golf history.  He has won a Guilford record-tying four events during the 2011-12 regular season, capturing titles at the Gordin D-III Preview, Golfweek Invitational, O'Briant-Jensen Memorial and TaylorMade adidas Invitational.  2011 PING First Team All-American, Ratner entered the ODAC Championship as the league's top scoring golfer with a conference-low 72.50 strokes per round, a figure that helped him to the number-one individual ranking in NCAA Division III, according to Golfstat.com's player rankings.  Ratner has won four ODAC Golfer of the Week awards this season, giving him 10 in his career.  He also is tied for the lowest round of the season with a 65 in the first round at the O'Briant-Jensen Memorial.

Maggard won his second straight Jack Jensen Coach of the Year Award in his second year as the successor to the honor's namesake. Guilford won its record-tying 12th ODAC title this season. His Quakers have ranked at or near the top of the Golfstat.com team rankings all season, currently holding down the fifth position.  Guilford has also ranked at or near the top of the Golf World/Nike Golf NCAA Division III Coaches Poll and stands second in that listing.  Maggard has led his Guilford squad to a school-record five event victories and the consolation title at the 41st Marine Corps Intercollegiate at Camp Lejeune. 

Robinette owns a 75.95 stroke average after 22 rounds through events of Apr. 23.  He has three top-10 finishes this season, including a career-high second-place finish at the TaylorMade adidas Invitational Apr. 1.  Robinette took sixth place at the Pine Needles Intercollegiate Feb. 28 when he shot a 78-73-151.  His ninth-place finish at the ODAC Championships Apr. 24 helped the Quakers to its second straight conference title. 

Thompson has a 75.13 stroke average after 23 rounds.  He has five top-five performances this season, including two second-place finishes.  Thompson sported a 70-72-142 at the O'Briant-Jensen Memorial Oct. 25 and 73-74-147 at the conference championships.  The rookie was the Quakers' number two golfer this season. 

Roberts, a two-time Second Team All-ODAC honoree, owns a 76.40 stroke average through 20 rounds.  The 2010 PING Third Team All-American has three top-10 finishes this season, including a third-place performance at the Pine Needles Intercollegiate with a season-low 73-72-145.  Roberts shot a 71-74-66-211 at the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Apr. 1, his season-low score for 54 holes.