Ryan Gendron Named to Mickelson All-Freshmen Team

Gendron named to the team on the heels of his first NCAA Championship appearance

SAINT LEO, Fla.Ryan Gendron, fresh off an appearance in the 2014 NCAA Division II men's golf championships, has been named to the all-freshmen team by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation. 

Genrdon is joined on the team by Mario Beltran of Barry, West Florida's Esteban Castro and Western New Mexico's Harry Wetton. 

Colin Prater of Colorado Mesa was named the recipient of the Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award. 

Genrdon finished the championship at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Michigan on May 21 in a tie for 25th place with a three-day total of 223 (80-75-68). In addition, most recently, he was named to the Division II PING All-South Region team, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. 

The Tampa, Fla. native, and Plant High School graduate, advanced to the national championships after a second place finish in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional at the Savannah Quarters Golf and Country Club in Savannah, Georgia. He shot a three-round total of 211, with back-to-back 70s in the second and third rounds. 

Prior to the NCAA Championships, Gendron has played the most consistent golf of his rookie campaign in his last three outings. During that stretch, dating back to the Buccaneer Invitational on March 31-April 1, the Plant High School product has averaged just 71.4 strokes per round in the nine rounds, including four straight rounds of 71 or below heading into the championships. 

In addition, his season low round came during that three-tournament stretch when he shot a 68 in the first round of the Sunshine State Conference Championships at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City. He would eventually finish tied for ninth with a three-round total of 217 (68-74-75).  

Gendron's only tournament title this season came in the Southeastern Collegiate, March 10-11, shooting a three-round total of 210 (71-70-69).  He is currently averaging 73.1 strokes per round in 20 total rounds this spring. 

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