Peach Belt Announces Men’s Golf All-Conference Team

Peach Belt Announces Men’s Golf All-Conference Team

Pine Mountain, GA – The Peach Belt Conference announced the 2013 men’s golf All-Conference team at a banquet in Pine Mountain, Ga., site of this year’s championships.  USC Aiken was the big winner on the night as Matt Atkins was named the league’s Player of the Year and his coach, Mike Carlisle, was tabbed the Coach of the Year.  Flagler’s Spencer Schindler and Montevallo’s Dalton Skinner were named the co-Freshmen of the Year.

Atkins earns his second straight first-team All-Conference accolade as well as the Player of the Year title.  The senior from Owensboro, Ky., has the best stroke average in the Peach Belt at 73.00 with 10 rounds under par this year.  He won the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate with rounds of 68-68-70 for a four-under 206, the lowest 54-hole total by any player in the Peach Belt this year.  He also shot five rounds in the 60s, including a low 66 at the Bobcat Invitational, one of six rounds of 66 fired in the PBC this season.  Atkins continues the rich tradition of golf excellence at USC Aiken, becoming the seventh Pacer to win the award, the first since Scott Brown in 2006.

Spencer Schindler is the first Flagler Saint to be named a men’s golf Freshman of the Year.  The true freshman from Elkton, Fla., shot a 67 in his first-ever collegiate round and then went on to win his first tournament, firing a seven-under 135 at the Anderson Invitational.  He turned in another top-10 performance at the Southeastern Intercollegiate, shooting another 67 in the second round.  He is currently eighth in the PBC with a 74.13 stroke average.

Dalton Skinner played in all 21 rounds for the Montevallo Falcons this year and was second on the team and in the top 20 in the PBC with a 74.57 stroke average.  The freshman from Mountain Brook, Ala., won the Florida Tech Panther Invitational in March, one of his three top-five finishes on the year.  He was the runner-up in his first collegiate tournament, shooting a 68 in his first round and finishing three-under at the Full Moon Invitational.

Now in his 23rd season as the coach of the USC Aiken Pacers, Michael Carlisle has created one of the signature golf programs in all of NCAA Division II.  With three national championships, Carlisle has the Pacers poised to make a run at a fourth in 2013.  USC Aiken is currently ranked #3 in the nation, highest of any PBC school.  The Pacers won the Kiawah Island Invitational and finished second three more times, including in two of their last three events heading into the PBC Tournament.  The Coach of the Year honor is the fourth in his career.

Below is the 2013 men’s golf All-Conference team as selected by the league’s head coaches.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2013 Peach Belt Conference
Men’s Golf All-Conference Team

First Team
Matt Atkins, USC Aiken
Nate Gahman, Georgia Southwestern
Jesse Gibson, Columbus State
J.P. Griffin, Georgia Southwestern
Jordan McColl, Lander
Taylor Smith, Georgia College
J.P. Solis, USC Aiken
Shad Tuten, Armstrong

Second Team
Patrick Garrett, Georgia College
Conner Godsey, Montevallo
Bryan Lichimo, Columbus State
Robert Mize, Columbus State
Michael Mullmann, UNC Pembroke
Rob Prior, Lander
Spencer Schindler, Flagler
Gus Wagoner,  Armstrong

Co-Freshmen of the Year
Spencer Schindler, Flagler
Dalton Skinner, Montevallo

Player of the Year
Matt Atkins, USC Aiken

Coach of the Year
Michael Carlisle, USC Aiken

First Team All-Conference
Second Team All-Conference
Men's Golf co-Freshmen of the Year Dalton Skinner of Montevallo (L) and Spencer Schindler of Flagler
 PBC Associate Commissioner Diana Kling presents the men's golf Player of the Year award to USC Aiken's Matt Atkins
 Kling presents the Coach of the Year award to Michael Carlisle of USC Aiken