W&L's James Named to PING All-America Team
DULUTH, Ga. -- The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) recently announced the 2008 PING Division III All-Region and All-America teams and Washington and Lee senior Nathaniel James (Keller, Texas/Keller) was among those honored.
James was named First Team All-South Region and garnered First Team All-America laurels for the second-straight year, the first General to earn back-to-back first team recognition since Jerry Maatman acheived the honor in 1977 and 1978. The award comes on the heels of his performance at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championship in which he finished in a tie for third place out of 180 competitors with a score of 73-74-72-73--292 (+8). He also helped the Generals to a 16th-place finish out of 35 in the team portion of the event.
James qualified for the NCAA Championships each of his final three seasons, finishing tied for 34th as a sophomore and tied for 19th as a junior.
A finalist for the 2008 Bryon Nelson Award, James is a four-year letterwinner and a team captain for the Generals. He is a four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and a two-time winner of the ODAC Golfer of the Year and ODAC Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards. The ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2005, James won the ODAC Individual Championship this spring in leading the Generals to their first conference title since 1999.
A Third Team All-American as a sophomore and a First Team All-America choice last spring, James ranked No. 1 in Division III this year with a 72.6 stroke average over 25 rounds played. A politics major with a GPA in excess of 3.5, James posted a 73.8 career scoring average and he never carded a score higher than 81 over his 94 career rounds.