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Sanchez named Newcomer of the Year as LSC Golf honors announced

Wilfredo Sanchez, Hagan Wood earn Second Team all-LSC; Emily Taylor named LSC All-Academic

FRISCO – The Texas A&M University-Commerce golf teams picked up multiple accolades at the annual Lone Star Conference awards banquet at the Frisco Lakes Golf Club on Sunday evening.

Wilfredo Sanchez was named the LSC’s Men’s Golf Newcomer of the Year. The junior had four top-five finishes in his first season for the Lions with a scoring average of 74.11, which leads the team. He had a season-low round of 69 in The Classic at The Tribute and had two rounds in the 60s with nine rounds of par or better. Additionally, Sanchez earned second team all-Lone Star Conference honors.

Senior Hagan Wood earned second team all-Lone Star Conference honors for the third consecutive season. He has earned LSC honors in all four seasons of his career, including LSC Freshman of the Year honors in 2014. He is second on the team in scoring average at 74.74 and has three top-five finishes this season, led by a third-place finish at the St. Mary’s Invitational. He has a low-round this season of 70 with six rounds of par or better.

Grayson Benavides earned Lone Star Conference honorable mention. He has a scoring average of 76.15 with a pair of top 10 finishes, including a fourth-place finish at the Lion Invitational at Tanglewood. He had a low round of 69 and four rounds of par or better.

On the women’s side, Emily Taylor picked up a pair of accolades. The senior earned Lone Star Conference honorable mention and was also named LSC All-Academic. Taylor was twice named LSC Golfer of the Week and has the third-best single season scoring average in school history at 78.09. She was the runner-up at the OBU Fall Invitational, leading the Lions to their first tournament win since 1999. The three-time WGCA All-American Scholar earns LSC All-Academic honors for the first time. Taylor graduated Summa Cum Laude in December with a degree in Sports & Recreation Management.

Anya Anders also earned LSC honorable mention. She earned LSC Golfer of the Week honors in the final tournament of the season. Anya finished as runner-up at that tournament, the WNMU Mustang Intercollegiate with two rounds under par. Anders had three top 10 finishes in the season with a season-best round of 69 at the OBU Fall Invitational, where she finished fifth.

The Lions start the Lone Star Conference Championship on Monday morning at Frisco Lakes. The men play 36 holes Monday, beginning at 8:00 am. The women play 18 holes Monday, with the first A&M-Commerce golfer teeing off at 10:48 a.m. Live scoring links for the Championship are available at www.GolfStat.com.
2017 Men’s Golf All-Lone Star Conference
FIRST TEAM
Jared Baker, Midwestern State
Dario Gabriel, Cameron
Daniel Nielsen, Cameron
Harry Wetton, Western New Mexico
Angel Aguirre, West Texas A&M

SECOND TEAM
Wilfredo Sanchez, A&M –Commerce
Trip Hobson, Midwestern State
Tom Smith, Midwestern State
Hagan Wood, A&M –Commerce
Devin Tovey, Cameron

HONORABLE MENTION
Tate McVay, West Texas A&M
Braxton Sides, West Texas A&M
Grayson Benavides, A&M –Commerce
Clayton Meyers, Midwestern State

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Player of the Year: Jared Baker, Midwestern State
Newcomer of the Year: Wilfredo Sanchez, A&M -Commerce
Freshman of the Year: Noah Hasse, Cameron
Coach of the Year: Jeff Ray, Midwestern State

2017 Women’s Golf All-Lone Star Conference
FIRST TEAM
Casey Wild, Tarleton State
Sarah Gee, Tarleton State
Beatriz Prados, Tarleton State
Mattye Mason, West Texas A&M
Lydia Traylor, Tarleton State

SECOND TEAM
Kamryn Cummings, Angelo State
Sierra Campbell, Midwestern State
Caroline Christensen, Cameron
Jelina Fernando, West Texas A&M
Sarah Moore, Midwestern State

HONORABLE MENTION
Ueakarn “Loukyee” Songprasert, West Texas A&M
Emily Taylor, A&M -Commerce
Anya Anders, A&M -Commerce
Shelby Turner, Western New Mexico

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Player of the Year: Casey Wild, Tarleton State
Newcomer of the Year: Lydia Traylor, Tarleton State
Freshman of the Year: Caroline Christensen, Cameron
Coach of the Year: Jerry Doyle, Tarleton State

2017 LSC GOLF ALL-ACADEMIC AWARDS
MEN’S GOLF ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Dario Gabriel, Cameron
Harry Wetton, Western New Mexico
Thomas Smith, Midwestern State
Braxton Sides, West Texas A&M
Ross White, Western New Mexico
LSC Men’s Golf Academic Player of the Year: Dario Gabriel, Cameron

WOMEN’S GOLF ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Casey Wild, Tarleton State
Emily Taylor, A&M-Commerce
Mattye Mason, West Texas A&M
Bobbi Pierson, Western New Mexico
Kamryn Cummings, Angelo State
LSC Women’s Golf Academic Player of the Year: Casey Wild, Tarleton State

TRACK

Lion throwers shine at Bobcat Twilight – LINK – RESULTS
SAN MARCOS – The Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field teams participated at the Bobcat Twilight meet on Saturday with varying results.

While many Lions achieved solid performances, most of those were fractionally short of their season’s best or a provisional qualifying mark.

“Today we faced some weather conditions we are not used to,” said Lion head coach George Pincock. “Friday it was sunny and 80 degrees, then Saturday was considerably cooler with a tuff wind most of the day. The most important thing is that we left the meet with everyone healthy. We will now spend the next two weeks preparing and making final adjustments for the Lone Star Conference Championships.”

Two of the Lions’ best performances on the day came in the discus ring. Anitial’a Robins earned a provisional qualifying mark in the women’s discus throw with a toss of 48.84 meters, which ranks 10th nationally in Division II this season. In the men’s discus throw, Kellon Alexis put up a mark of 56.54 meters, which is only three centimeters off of his best mark this season. This mark stands as the third best in Division II this year.

Alexis also earned a provisional qualifying mark in the men’s hammer throw at 56.51 meters, which is a new record for his home country of Grenada. Alexis is also that nation’s record holder for the indoor weight throw.

Joseph Brown added a hammer throw provisional qualifying mark at 53.90 meters.

Selected Lions return to San Marcos next weekend for the Bobcat Classic. The Lions host the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 4-6.