Meet Your Spring Elite 15 Award Winners Presented by EAB!

Meet Your Spring Elite 15 Award Winners Presented by EAB!

With the spring 2019 championships concluded, it is time to take a look at the student-athletes who received the PBC Elite 15 Award, presented by EAB.  Modeled after the NCAA Elite 90, the Elite 15 Award is given at each of the 15 PBC championships to the student-athlete competing at the championship with the highest overall cumulative GPA.  Ties are broken by giving the honor to the student-athlete with the most credit hours earned.

EAB helps today's education leaders solve their biggest problems and is a long-time sponsor of the PBC's Elite 15 Award.  Learn more about EAB here.

Below is a look at the eight student-athletes who received the honor this spring.

Men's Golf: Dan Sheehan, USC Aiken

  • A junior from Bristol, England, majoring in business administration
  • Twice named to the PBC All-Academic team and is a PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar
  • Became the second Pacer men's golfer to win the Elite 15, joining Andrew Wood in 2015
  • Played in all 12 events for the Pacers and is second on the team with a 73.36 stroke average
  • Had four top-10 finishes this season, most on the team and was named PBC Player of the Week on March 21
  • Helped the Pacers to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Super Regionals and is with the team at the NCAA National Championship

Women's Golf: Hannah Walker, Young Harris

  • A junior from Cumming, Ga., majoring in environmental science
  • Twice named to the PBC All-Academic team, a PBC Presidential Honor Gold Scholar and the first YHC women's golfer to receive the Elite 15
  • The 2017 PBC Freshman of the Year, she was named PBC All-Conference for the third time in 2019
  • Was second in the PBC with a 76.38 stroke average in 21 rounds which is among the top 25 lowest single-season averages in PBC history
  • Had two top-five and four top-10 finishes this season, including a tie for second place at the PBC Championship

Men's Tennis: Eirik Groner, Lander

  • A senior from Oslo, Norway, majoring in business
  • A two-time PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar and two-time All-Academic Team member, he earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award in 2018
  • Becomes the second men's tennis player to earn back-to-back Elite 15 Awards
  • Has been nationally-ranked in singles play for four weeks, rising as high as #39
  • Name PBC All-Conference for the third straight year

Women's Tennis: Marie Cantenot, Augusta

  • A junior from Roquebrune-sur-Argens, France, majoring in finance
  • Becomes the second Augusta University women's tennis player to win the Elite 15 Award, joining Monica Gonzalez Rallo in 2016
  • Twice named to the PBC All-Academic team and twice a PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar
  • Went 12-5 overall in singles play, including an 8-2 mark at #5 singles – the second-best record in the PBC at that spot
  • Also played four matches at #4 singles and was part of Augusta's #1 doubles team

Men's Track & Field: Kyle Forsythe, Nova Southeastern

  • A senior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in management
  • Twice named to the PBC All-Academic team
  • Finished fifth in the decathlon and fifth in the pole vault at the 2019 PBC Championships
  • Won the vault at the NSU Invitational Meet this past February
  • Was named All-Conference in pole vault a the 2017 PBC meet

Women's Track & Field: Rachel Hammesfahr, Augusta

  • A junior from Richmond Hill, Ga., majoring in biology
  • Becomes the second female track athlete in PBC history to win back-to-back Elite 15 Awards
  • Twice named to the PBC All-Academic team and is a PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar
  • Had two sixth-place finishes in the 3000m steeplechase in 2019 and was eighth at the PBC championships
  • Also ran the 1500 and 5000m; turned in a personal-best in the 5000 at the Don McGarey Invitational in April, finishing seventh

Baseball: Aaron Anderson, Flagler

  • A redshirt sophomore infielder from St. John's Fla., majoring in accounting with a minor in finance
  • Named to the PBC All-Academic team and a PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar
  • Named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District team
  • Played in 51 games for Flagler as they won a share of their first PBC regular-season championship
  • Ranked fourth in the PBC in hits, 11th in batting average, third in put outs and ninth in double plays turned
 

Softball: Amber Coy, Georgia College

  • A junior shortstop from Warner Robins, Ga., majoring nursing
  • Twice named to the PBC All-Academic team and twice a PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar
  • Earned her second Google Cloud Academic All-District honor in 2019
  • Played in all 52 games for the Bobcats and was ninth in the league in RBIs
  • Also ranked third in the PBC in runs scored, fifth in assists and fourth in double plays turned