May 19, 2010

SCAC Names Golf Coaches and Freshmen-of-the-Year

SUWANEE, Ga. - In exclusive voting by the head coaches of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), Brian Chafin and Vince Lazar were named men’s and women’s golf Coaches-of-the-Year, respectively.

In balloting conducted at the conference championship tournament, James Charles of Southwestern University and Camila Romero of DePauw University were selected as SCAC Freshmen-of-the-Year.

Brian Chafin of Centre College was honored as men’s Coach-of-the-Year for the first time in his golf coaching career. The Colonels captured their first-ever SCAC men’s golf title at this year’s conference tournament at Stone Mountain, Ga., and, representing the conference as the league’s automatic qualifier,  finished in 13th place in just the program’s second ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. Chafin, previously a four-time conference Coach-of-the-Year (twice in the SCAC era 1994 and 1995) as the Colonels’ head men’s soccer coach, is the first golf coach from Centre to earn Coach-of-the-Year honors.

Like Chafin, Vince Lazar of DePauw University guided his squad to a conference title and he was rewarded with his sixth SCAC women’s Coach-of-the-Year honor. The conference title was DePauw's sixth in 12 years of SCAC competition and first since 2006. DePauw also captured the conference's automatic qualification into the NCAA Division III Championships, the seventh straight year the Tigers have competed in the tournament. DePauw finished in sixth place at the 2010 tournament – the sixth time DePauw has finished in the top 10 nationally. Lazar was also named the 1999 SCAC Co-Coach-of-the-Year in men’s golf.

James Charles of Southwestern, the 2010 SCAC Men’s Freshman Golfer-of-the-Year, has taken well to the collegiate level. He finished in the top 10 four times, coming in as high as third on two separate occasions, including a runner-up finish at the SCAC conference championship. He produced a 76.14 scoring average, which was second-best on the Pirate squad that finished as SCAC Men’s Co-Champions and just narrowly missing out on an NCAA championship berth.

Camila Romero of DePauw, the 2010 SCAC Women’s Freshman Golfer-of-the-Year, was third on the team with an 83.3 stroke average. In 11 tournaments, Romero recorded five top 10 finishes, including three in the top five. The Cali, Columbia native won DePauw's Katman Klassic with a two-round 155. Romero carded her season low round of 74 at the Illinois Wesleyan Spring Fling and most recently helped the DU Tigers to a sixth place finish at the 2010 Division III National Championships.

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