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Dannegger Named UAA Men’s Golf Rookie of the Year; Three Others Honored

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(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) – Freshman Ryan Dannegger of the Carnegie Mellon University men's golf team has been named University Athletic Association (UAA) Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the association coaches. Senior Brian Xu, junior Justin Chan and sophomore David Zhang also received recognition by the coaches as First Team All-UAA selections.

The Tartans currently rank third nationally in the final regular season Bushnell/Golfweek DIII Coaches Poll and will compete in their seventh NCAA Championship Tournament and fifth straight.

Dannegger becomes the fifth Tartan to garner UAA Rookie of the Year honors and second straight as Zhang was honored a year ago. He currently averages 74.1 in 14 rounds played. He had a season-low round of three-under par 68 during round two of the Port City Invitational.

Xu has a scoring average of 72.8 while also competing in all 23 rounds. The senior recorded his season-low round of four-under par 67 during round two of Jekyll Island Collegiate. At The Visit Florence Intercollegiate, Xu recorded the program's first ever hole-and-one which came on the 160-yard, par 3 13th hole. He has recorded 13 rounds of even par or better this season.

Chan leads the Tartans with a scoring average of 72.6 over 22 rounds played. The junior recorded his collegiate-best round of six-under par 65 at Golfweek Invitational where he placed second individually in a field of 125 golfers. Chan has recorded 10 rounds of even par or better this season.

Zhang has competed in all 23 rounds for the Tartans and has a scoring average of 72.7. He tied the school record for the lowest individual round with a seven-under par 65 during the second round of play at the Savannah Invitational. Zhang has recorded 12 rounds of even par or better this season.