Four Florida Tech Golfers Named All-America Scholars

By  //  July 29, 2014

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MENS GOLF — The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, and four Florida Tech Panthers were selected with the NCAA Division II honorees.

The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, and four Florida Tech Panthers were selected with the NCAA Division II honorees. (Florida Tech image)

The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, and four Florida Tech Panthers were selected with the NCAA Division II honorees. (Florida Tech image)

Seniors Ray Badenhorst and Ryan Carter along with now former Panthers Justin Kalanquin and Andrew Wuethrich all earned the award.

In order to be eligible to become an All-America Scholar, athletes had to be at the junior or senior level academically, have competed for at least three years at the collegiate level, participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competitive rounds, and for the NCAA Division II level, have a stroke average under 78. Athletes must also have earned a GPA of at least 3.2.

Ray Badenhorst

Ray Badenhorst

Both Badenhorst and Kalanquin were named GCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans for their play during the 2013-14 season.

Badenhorst, a native of Banket, Zimbabwe, recorded the best scoring average in program history at 72.72 over 32 rounds played.

A native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Kalanquin also posted an impressive scoring average of 73.03.

As a junior in 2013-14, Carter played in seven tournaments.

Justin Kalanquin

Justin Kalanquin

The Miami, Florida native recorded a scoring average of 75.20 in 20 rounds played. Wuethrich wrapped up his Panther career by playing in five tournaments.

The Carlock, Illinois native posted a scoring average of 75.50.

A total of 75 athletes from NCAA Division II earned the All-America Scholar award.

Sixteen golfers from the Sunshine State Conference made the list with the Panthers and Nova Southeastern leading the way with four athletes each.

Green Finishes Third in ‘C’ Final at U23 World Rowing Championships

MENS ROWING — In his first appearance on the world stage, Florida Tech’s Carson Green finished third in the ‘C’ Final of the quad at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships on Saturday. His crew crossed the finish line at a time of 6:17.90.

Florida Tech’s Carson Green, above, finished third in the ‘C’ Final of the quad at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships on Saturday. His crew crossed the finish line at a time of 6:17.90. (Florida Tech image)

Florida Tech’s Carson Green, above, finished third in the ‘C’ Final of the quad at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships on Saturday. His crew crossed the finish line at a time of 6:17.90. (Florida Tech image)

Green stroked the boat with three rowers from Oklahoma City University – Jackson Anderson, Stephen George and bow Matthew Nelson. Great Britain held off Belarus to win the final by 36-hundredths of a second at 6:04.73.

In August, Green will return to FIT for his junior year as an aviation management major. This past season, he contributed to the varsity eight achieving a 15th place finish in the country at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta. The crew also won silver at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta and the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship.

Florida Tech alum Taylor Brown ’09 has also qualified for the World Rowing Championships as a member of USA’s Senior National Team. He will compete in the coxed pair Aug. 24-31 in Amsterdam.

Celina Pou Joins the Women’s Soccer Program

WOMEN’S SOCCER — The Florida Tech Panthers have added another newcomer, as Celina Pou has joined the program for the fast approaching fall season. 

Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith

“Celina comes from a very good soccer background,” said assistant coach Dustin Smith.

“Her family and siblings played the game, so there is a lot of experience. She comes from Orlando City where she played with the ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) team. Playing in that type of environment has prepared her to come in and play at the collegiate level. We expect her to make an impact on and off the field.”

Pou, a native of Orlando, Florida, played four seasons with a very successful squad at Winter Park High School.

Celina Pou

Celina Pou

The team won three District Championships and reached three Regional Finals during Pou’s career. She started every game over the four years, and led the team in assists for three seasons. Pou also crossed the 100 career goals milestone.

Pou had a successful club career with Orlando City. While on the club’s ECNL team, Pou helped the squad win one Florida State Championship.

The team also made the state final four three times, and the championship match twice. Pou also helped the team win one US Regional Championship for Region 4.


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