2015 NAC Men's Golf All-Conference Released; Martin, Pepin & Wickenden Earn Top Honors

After carding the lowest score at the 2015 NAC Men's Golf Championship, Husson senior Greg Martin (Ellsworth, Maine) claimed the NAC Golfer of the Year honor, while freshman teammate Daulton Wickenden (Rockport, Maine) earned NAC Rookie of the Year accolades after turning in a second-place finish at the championship. Maine Maritime's Kevin Pepin (Candia, N.H.) was tabbed the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Husson head coach Mike Dugas was voted the Coach of the Year, and eight men's golf student-athletes were selected to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2015 All-Conference announcement.

 

The Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Coach of the Year awards were determined by a vote of the league's coaches.

 

 

Martin, an Ellsworth, Maine native, captured medalist honors for the second-consecutive season, as he carded the lowest score at the 2015 NAC Men's Golf Championship that was held at the Rutland Country Club in Rutland, Vt. On the par 70, 6,134 yard course, the senior shot a 73 on Day 1 and an impressive one-over par, 71, on Day 2. His two-day score of 144 was enough to beat out the next student-athlete by five strokes for the NAC individual crown. The 2012 NAC Rookie of the Year won three of the four invitational tournaments that Husson competed in prior to the conference championship. He took the top spot at the John Queenan Memorial Tournament (71), the Bowdoin Invitational (70-75-145), and the Husson Invitational (67-72-139), while also tying for eighth at the Maine Intercollegiate Championship (78-74-152). The senior was selected for three NAC Golfer of the Week honors this season and as the ECAC Co-Golfer of the Month in September.

 

Wickenden, a Rockport, Maine native, has had a notable freshman campaign for the Eagles. At the 2015 NAC Championship, he recorded a 73 on Day 1 and a 76 on Day 2 for a two-day total of 149 to earn a second-place finish, just five strokes behind the medalist. Throughout the fall, the rookie placed no lower than eighth in all four of the invitationals that the Eagles competed in. Wickenden's best performance came at the Maine Intercollegiate Golf Championship as he took medalist honors after shooting an impressive four under par (68-72-140). To round out the fall season, he tied for fifth at the Husson Invitational (73-74-147), tied for sixth at the Bowdoin Invitational (77-74-151), and placed eighth at the John Queenan Memorial Tournament (79). Wickenden was selected NAC Golfer of the Week once this season, while also earning four NAC Rookie of the Week honors.

 

 

 

Pepin, a Candia, N.H. native, has been selected as the first NAC Men's Golf Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. He is being recognized for excelling academically and athletically throughout his undergraduate experience. The Marine Engineering Technology major has served as a role model in both the classroom and on the course and is being acknowledged for his commitment to golf and his studies. On campus, the senior is the Cadet Second Assistant Engineer and is ship rate. He serves as the Vice President of Maine Maritime's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Students Living in Christ Everyday (SLICE), and Subsea Engineering. On the course, Pepin recorded three top-five finishes, as he placed third at the Presque Isle Invitational (77), took fourth at the Castine Classic (78), and carded a 160 (78-82) for fifth at the 2015 NAC Championship.

 

Dugas, in his second season at the helm of the Eagles, was voted the 2015 NAC Coach of the Year. He led his team to a first place finish at the 2015 conference championship (312-320- 632) and the team's 10th overall title. Husson placed in the top-five at all four invitationals that the team competed in this season, including two second-place finishes in which the Eagles were just one stroke behind the winner. Husson finished in second at both the Maine Intercollegiate Golf Championship (306-302-608) and the Husson Invitational (300-301-601). He is a PGA member and a PGA Professional who works as the Head Professional Golfer at JW Parks Golf Course in Pittsfield, Maine.

 

 

Joining Martin, Pepin, and Wickenden on the All-Conference First Team were Castleton junior Zachary Temple (Hartland, Vt.), Maine Maritime senior Keenan Kalthoff (Fallbrook, Calif.), and Salem State senior Tyler Conigliari (Gloucester, Mass.).

 

Second team honorees included Castleton seniors Justin Del Bianco (Rutland, Vt.) and Jack Ralbovsky (Bennington, Vt.), UMaine-Farmington freshman Eric Aguiar (Thornton, N.H.) and sophomore Michael Richard (Turner, Maine), Johnson State sophomore Nicholas Murphy (Lyndonville, Vt.), MCLA sophomore Nick Young (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), and Salem State sophomore Chad Alibozak (Adams, Mass.) and seniors Tom MacPherson (Jefferson, Mass.) and Cam Moniz (Seekonk, Mass.).

 

For the 2015 NAC Men's Golf Championship release, please click HERE.

 

New to the conference this season is the selection of a Sportsmanship Team which is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the men's golf culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following eight individuals have been selected to the NAC Men's Golf Sportsmanship Team, Castleton's Ralbovsky, UMaine-Farmington's Richard, Green Mountain junior Dakota Dodson (St. Augustine, Fla.), Husson's Martin, Johnson State junior Mason Phillips (Sackets Harbor, N.Y.), Maine Maritime junior Luke Olson (Charleston, Maine), MCLA senior James Clark (Lynn, Mass.), and Salem State's Moniz.

 

2015 NAC Men's Golf All-Conference Teams

To view a PDF list of the All-Conference team, please click HERE.  


First Team
Tyler Conigliari, Senior, Salem State
Keenan Kalthoff, Senior, Maine Maritime
Greg Martin, Senior, Husson
Kevin Pepin, Senior, Maine Maritime
Zachary Temple, Junior, Castleton
Daulton Wickenden, Freshman, Husson 

 

Second Team
Eric Aguiar, Freshman, UMaine-Farmington
Chad Alibozak, Sophomore, Salem State
Justin Del Bianco, Senior, Castleton
Tom MacPherson, Senior, Salem State
Cam Moniz, Senior, Salem State
Nicholas Murphy, Sophomore, Johnson State
Jack Ralbovsky, Senior, Castleton
Michael Richard, Sophomore, UMaine-Farmington
Nick Young, Sophomore, MCLA 

 

Golfer of the Year
Greg Martin, Senior, Husson
Rookie of the Year
Daulton Wickenden, Freshman, Husson
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Kevin Pepin, Senior, Maine Maritime
Coach of the Year
Mike Dugas, Husson


Sportsmanship Team
James Clark, Senior, MCLA
Dakota Dodson, Junior, Green Mountain
Greg Martin, Senior, Husson
Cameron Moniz, Senior, Salem State
Luke Olson, Junior, Maine Maritime
Mason Phillips, Junior, Johnson State
Jack Ralbovsky, Senior, Castleton
Michael Richard, Sophomore, UMaine-Farmington

 

PLEASE NOTE: All-Conference teams are comprised of the medalist, plus the next ten finishers at the conference championship. Extra players are honored in the event of tie scores on the second team.

After carding the lowest score at the 2015 NAC Men's Golf Championship, Husson senior Greg Martin (Ellsworth, Maine) claimed the NAC Golfer of the Year honor, while freshman teammate Daulton Wickenden (Rockport, Maine) earned the NAC Rookie of the Year honor after turning in a second-place finish at the championship. Maine Maritime senior Kevin Pepin (Candia, N.H.) was tabbed the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Husson head coach Mike Dugas was voted the Coach of the Year, and eight men's golf student-athletes were selected to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2015 All-Conference announcement.

 

The Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Coach of the Year awards were determined by a vote of the league's coaches.