Kircher Named to Third-Team All-America Team

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By Adam Bagni

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. ---- Huntingdon’s J.P. Kircher has joined freshman Mack Duke on the PING All-America Team, as the sophomore has earned Third-Team honors, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced earlier this week.

Kircher, who was an All-South Region performer in 2008, was joined on the Third-Team by Max Bonk of Pacific, Elmira’s Brandon Christo, Blake Furgerson of John Carrol, Nate Jaeger of Nebraska Wesleyan, SUNY-Farmingdale’s Masa Maruyama, Mitch Mercer of Susquehanna, Chris Morris of Centre, Mount Union’s Lucas Murray, Nichols’ Pasquale Pro, Jeff Santora of Salem State, Ohio Wesleyan’s Andy Schillig, Joe Schoolmeesters of Saint John’s, Heath Trabue of Otterbein, Allegheny’s Mike Wolfe and Tyler Wollberg of Carthage.

In his second season with the program, Kircher ranked second on the team in scoring average at 73.58 strokes per round. In his 10 regular-season tournaments, the Rochester, N.Y. native finished in the top-10 nine times and in the top-five on six occasions.

Kircher posted his best finish of the season at the Fred B. Kravetz Invitational, a tournament played at the historic Oak Hill and Irondequoit Country Club in Rochester, where he finished third. He posted a season-low round of 68 in the opening round of the Gordin Collegiate Classic, while 22 of his 24 rounds on the season counted toward the team score.

In addition to the Third-Team honorees, the GCAA also announced its PING Second-Team All-America Team. The Second-Team consisted of Redlands’s Ross Canavan, Colin Chapman and Scott Pugh of Oglethorpe, Methodist’s Tom Cooper, Brandon Ellis of UT-Tyler, Nebraska Wesleyan’s Patrick Hanzel, Wisconsin-Stout’s Derek Holmes, Maryville’s Nick Profancik and Mike DeRuntz of Illinois Wesleyan.

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