May 6, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange continued to receive recognition for his outstanding season Tuesday as Conference USA bestowed upon him second team all-conference honors.
The announcement by the league offices comes just a day after Lange became the first Bulldog golfer in school history to receive a bid to compete at the NCAA Regionals. Lange is seeded fourth among the individuals at the San Antonio Regional at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.
This marks the second consecutive year Lange has received all-conference honors after receiving first team all-Western Athletic Conference honors last season as a freshman. The Johannesburg, South Africa native also received C-USA All-Tournament honors after finishing fourth at this year’s Conference USA Championship.
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Lange has shot a 72.8 average this year to date which, if the season had ended today, would mark the best season scoring average in school history. He leads the team with 14 rounds played this season where he shot par or better and has accumulated a .784 winning percentage (621-171) in 11 tournaments played this year.
He is headed to a regional site the Bulldogs have already seen this year when Louisiana Tech competed at the Lone Star Invitational held at regional host Briggs Ranch Golf Club. In that tournament Lange shot 4-over-par (72-74-74=220) as he tied for 30th.
All 10 All-Conference USA honorees will play in an NCAA regional. Rice, Middle Tennessee and UAB were team selections along with individuals Lange, Franco Castro of Charlotte, Eric Brady of East Carolina, Matt Mabrey and Logan McCracken of Tulsa and Martin Simonsen of UTEP. The regionals will be conducted May 15-17 and the NCAA Championship will be held May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Conference USA’s all-conference teams were selected by a vote of the league’s coaches with coaches not able to vote for their own student-athletes.
2014 All-Conference USA Men’s Golf Awards
Golfer of the Year: Paul Dunne, UAB
Freshman of the Year: Kevin Reilly, Rice
Newcomer of the Year: Wes Conover, East Carolina
Coach of the Year: Justin Emil, Rice
All-Conference USA First Team
Franco Castro, Charlotte
Brett Patterson, Middle Tennessee
Logan McCracken, Tulsa
Paul Dunne, UAB
Wilson McDonald, UAB
All-Conference USA Second Team
Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech
Kevin Reilly, Rice
Matt Mabrey, Tulsa
Sam Love, UAB
Martin Rowher, UAB
All-Conference USA Freshman Team
Connor O’Rourke, Florida Atlantic
Clark Robinson, Marshall
Kevin Reilly, Rice
Frederik Dreier, UTEP
Bryce Alley, UTSA