Conference Carolinas All-Conference Golf Teams Announced

High Point, N.C. - The Conference Carolinas All-Conference Teams were determined by vote from each head coach of participating league institutions. Nominations were collected and then voted upon by ballot and tallied to determine Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year, All-Conference First Team, All-Conference Second Team and All-Conference Third Team. Awards were presented at the league golf team banquet at the Conference Tournament Championships hosted by Belmont Abbey College at Bryan Park "Champions Course" in Greensboro, NC. This year's award winners are as follows:



Player of the Year:

Nicolas Fonseca, Barton College

Nicolas Fonseca had a tremendous senior season for the Barton men's golf team with a 72.84 stroke average in eight collegiate events. Fonseca's highest round of the season was a 75 as he posted top-15 finishes in all eight events including top-6 showings in all five spring events. Fonseca, who garnered three league Golfer of the Month awards, won medalist honors twice in the Echo Farms Intercollegiate and Barton Intercollegiate. Fonseca is the only Conference Carolinas golfer ranked in Golfstat's top-50 in NCAA Division II.



Freshman of the Year:

Will Woodard, Limestone College

Limestone College’s Will Woodard from Spartanburg, S.C. was consistently in the top-two of the Saints lineup in the seven tournaments he competed in.  Woodard’s best outing came back during the fall season as he shot a one-under 143 at the two-round King University Invitational. He was Limestone’s top-golfer for the event as he finished tied for sixth overall and helped the team to a third-place finish.Woodard was also very strong down the back stretch of the season as helped the team to victories at Rendleman Invitational and The Trojan; the victories were the Saints first two tournament wins in four seasons. At both tournaments he finished second in the Saints lineup with an 11th-place finish at Rendleman and 5th at The Trojan.


Coach of the Year:

Jason Allen, Erskine College

After their breakout season last year, Head Coach Jason Allen has his men’s team in position for a second NCAA regional bid this season in just six years since men’s golf was brought back as a varsity sport.  In arguably the toughest region, Coach Allen has built the men’s squad into not only a conference contender but also an emerging national power.  Erskine won the nine-team King Invitational earlier this year and finished 2nd three times, two of which had 16 and 17 teams from the Southeast Region.

All-Conference First Team:

Nicolas Fonseca, Barton

Sebastian Andersen, Mount Olive

Ford Blanchard, Erskine

Josh O'Neal, North Greenville

Will Woodard, Limestone


All-Conference Second Team:

Brad Thorne, Erskine

Tyler Lucas, Erskine

Tucker MacDonald, North Greenville

Matt Mullarkey, Limestone

Jesus Valderrama, Mount Olive

All-Conference Third Team:

Griffin Brown, Limestone

Matthew Reid, Belmont Abbey

Leennawat Numpituckchaikul, King

Cody Clepper, Limestone

Dermot McElhennon, Barton


Player of the Year:

Elizabeth Swallow, King University

From the day Swallow stepped on the King University campus two years ago, the sophomore has been nothing short of spectacular. She was named first team all-conference as a freshman, and this year was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year. The Berkshire, England native has turned in a stellar sophomore campaign, winning three of the eight tournaments she has entered. She has finished in the top 10 of all eight tournaments this season and has been in the top five on five occasions. She started the season with a bang, winning the Tusculum Fall Classic by two strokes before taking the King University Invitational by 10 strokes with an even-par score of 142 in her first two tournaments of the year. She also won the Hilton Head Lakes Classic a week after taking second at the TSYS Collegiate Classic hosted by Columbus State University.

Freshman of the Year:

Brittany LaPadula, Limestone College

Limestone College’s Brittany LaPadula was consistently in the top two of the Saints lineup in the eight tournaments she competed in. The Port St. Lucie, Fla. native was Limestone’s top finisher on three separate occasions and finished second in two other tournaments. She also helped her team to three, first-place finishes. LaPadula had four top-10 finishes which included second-place overall finishes at Hilton Head Lakes and The Trojan. Her two best appearances of the season came in her first and last. She shot a seven-over par 151 at the Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate, and five-over par 149 at The Trojan.

Coach of the Year:

Jason Allen, Erskine College

Under Head Coach Jason Allen, the Erskine Women’s Golf Team experienced their best season in their six-year history.  This season the Erskine Women’s Team won two of their eight tournaments while finishing second and third in two other tournaments.  The Flying Fleet, who do not have a senior on this year’s squad, finished in the upper division in all eight tournaments this season.


All-Conference First Team:

Elizabeth Swallow, King

Rachel Moore, Erskine

Brittney Zine, Barton

Brittany LaPadula, Limestone

Julie Loennechen, Mount Olive


All-Conference Second Team:

Hannah Luckett, Limestone

Marley Felthousen, Converse

Krysta Schaus, Erskine

Taylor McInnis, Limestone

AnnaLeis Dibert, North Greenville


All-Conference Third Team:

Maria Tirado, Barton

Danielle Haizlip, Pfeiffer

Ansley Vaughan, Converse

Sydney Landreth, Limestone

Miranda Juarez, Converse