Four Tartans Named 2023 PING All-America
(NORMAN, Okla.) – For the first time in program history, four Carnegie Mellon University men's golfers have been named to the Division III PING All-American Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Freshman David Zhang was named to the second team while graduate student Henry Scavone, junior Brian Xu and sophomore Justin Chan received honorable mention status.
The four helped the Tartans win the first team NCAA Division III Championship in university history. The Cardinal and Gray trailed by eight strokes heading into the final round and then recorded the lowest round of the tournament by any team of nine-under par on the last day. All four were also recognized on the 2023 PING Region 5 team.
Zhang, who was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Rookie of the Year and First Team All-UAA, led the Cardinal and Gray with a scoring average of 73.1 in 26 rounds played. He recorded nine rounds of even par or lower this season including a season-low round of five-under par 67 during round three of the NCAA Championship.
Scavone, a First Team All-UAA honoree, tied for second on the team with a scoring average of 73.5 in 26 rounds. He claimed his first collegiate individual medalist honors after winning a seven-hole playoff at the Western Pennsylvania Intercollegiate in April. During the second round of the Western Pennsylvania Intercollegiate, Scavone carded the lowest individual round in the program's history with a seven-under par 63. At the UAA Match Play Championship, Scavone was named the tournament Most Valuable Golfer after winning both of his matches in leading the Tartans to their second Association Championship in program history. At the NCAA Championship, the graduate student posted two rounds under par including a best five-under par 67 in round two.
Xu, a Second Team All-UAA selection, tied with Scavone for second on the team with a scoring average of 73.5 while also competing in all 26 rounds. The junior recorded his collegiate-low and school record tying round of seven-under par 65 during the round final round of the NCAA Championship. Xu recorded nine rounds of even par or better this season.
Chan had an average of 73.8 which ranked fourth on the team in 26 rounds played. Chan carded a collegiate-low round of four-under par 67 to open play at the Golfweek DIII Fall Invitational in Miramar Beach, Florida. He ended the year with nine rounds of even par or better. At the NCAA Championship, three of Chan's four rounds he shot even par or under.