YOUNG, CROCKETT HONORED AT NJCAA GOLF BANQUET

Charlie Crockett poses with his Phil Michelson Freshman of the Year awards on Monday at the NJCAA National Championship banquet in Melbourne, Florida. (Photo courtesy Blue Dragon head coach Chris Young)
Charlie Crockett poses with his Phil Michelson Freshman of the Year awards on Monday at the NJCAA National Championship banquet in Melbourne, Florida. (Photo courtesy Blue Dragon head coach Chris Young)

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Hutchinson Community College men's golf team earned several awards on Monday night at the NJCAA Division I National Golf Championship Banquet.

Freshman Charlie Crockett earned two awards and was announced as a finalist for another. Head coach Chris Young was named the District III Coach of the Year and a finalist for national coach of the year.

The No. 6-ranked Blue Dragons begin play in the 2019 NJCAA Division I National Championship on Tuesday morning. The Blue Dragons will play four rounds through Friday at Duran Country Club.

Leading the Blue Dragons to the 2019 Jayhawk Conference and Region VI championships, as well as a runner-up finish in the NJCAA District III championships, Young was named the District III Coach of the Year.

Young is a finalist for the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year. The other finalists are Jamie Howell of Eastern Florida State, Dave Jennings of Central Alabama, Eastern Wyoming's Zach Smith and Walt Williams of Midland College.

Young guided the Blue Dragons to four tournament championships in 2018-19, including a sweep of all three Jayhawk Conference-designated tournaments.

Crockett was named the 2019 Phil Mickelson NJCAA Division I Outstanding Freshman on Monday night. In addition to that award, Crockett was named a PING first-team NJCAA All-American, a member of the 2019 Golf Coaches Association of America All-Freshman team.

Also, Crockett was named a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year. Crockett was named as one of 30 semifinalists last week. The other Nicklaus finalists are Callum Bruce of Midland College – he's the 2018 Nicklaus award winner – Leon D'Souza and Branden Meyer of South Mountain, Central Alabama's Caleb O'Toole, and Mississippi Gulf Coast's Brice Wilkinson.

The winner will be announced May 30.

Midland's Bruce, Central Alabama's O'Toole, Mark Foelbaek of Ranger College and Eastern Arizona's Leon Acikalin join Crockett on the PING All-America first team.

Crockett is just the second PING first-team All-American and sixth overall PING All-American in Blue Dragon history. Nicky Maddison was the only other PING first-team All-American in Blue Dragon history (2009). Grady Pauls (2007), Dale Middleton (2010), Mike Mueller (2012) and Lewis Schenk (2015) are Blue Dragon PING second-team All-Americans.

Crockett was the 2019 Jayhawk Conference season champion, winning 2 of 3 conference tournaments this season. Crockett captured four overall tournaments, including the District III/Region VI title.

Joining Crockett on the NJCAA District III All-District team are Blue Dragon teammates Peyton Austin, Charlie Herbert and Nathan McCulloch.

Sophomore Lake Leroux was a finalist for the Jimmy Russell award, which combined golf, academics and community service.