2017 NAC Men's Golf All-Conference Released: E. Dugas, G. Dugas & Swart Claim Top Honors

After carding the lowest score at the 2017 NAC Men's Golf Championship, Husson junior Gavin Dugas (Pittsfield, Maine) earned the NAC Golfer of the Year honor, while Eagle teammate Eric Dugas (Pittsfield, Maine) claimed Rookie of the Year accolades. Salem State's Ryan Swart (Bridgewater, Mass.) was tabbed the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Husson head coach Mike Dugas was voted the Coach of the Year, and nine men's golf student-athletes were selected to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2017 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.


G. Dugas captured medalist honors, as he carded the lowest score at the 2017 NAC Men's Golf Championship that was held at the Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield, Mass. On the par 72 course, the junior posted a two-over par, 74, on Day 1 and then a 73 on Day 2. His two-day score of 147 was enough to beat out the next student-athlete by two strokes for the NAC individual crown and to help lead the Eagles to their 12th NAC Title. The three-time NAC Golfer of the Week also claimed medalist honors at two of the four events in which he competed in this season prior to the conference championship. At the Maine Collegiate Championship held at the Martindale Country Club (Auburn, Maine), he shot an even 142 (68-74) to take first over 49 other golfers. The junior then shot an impressive seven-under 135 (67-68) at the Husson Invitational held at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course for first, beating out 39 other golfers. At the Farmingdale State College Invitational held at the Bethpage State Park (red course), Dugas then shot a 146 (74-72) for a +6 and a share of third place. The Monday prior to the NAC Championship at the rain shortened USM Fall Classic held at the Gorham Country Club, he shot a 74 (+3) for a share of fifth place out of 47 total golfers.

 

E. Dugas has had an impressive freshman campaign for the Eagles. At the 2017 NAC Championship, he recorded a 77 on Day 1 and a 75 on Day 2 for a two-day total of 152, which earned him third place, only five-strokes back from the overall medalist. Prior to the conference championship, the rookie recorded four top-8 performances. At the Maine Collegiate Championship, he shot a 151 (77-74), tying for seventh in the 50 golfer event. Dugas then shot a 148 (76-72) at the Husson Invitational to tie for eighth with three other golfers. At the Farmingdale State College Invitational, he shot a 151 (79-72) to claim eighth place out of 44 participants. The Monday prior to the NAC Championship at the rain shortened USM Fall Classic, the freshman carded a 72 (+1) for a fourth-place finish, two strokes better than NAC Golfer of the Year and brother Gavin Dugas (74). Dugas was selected NAC Rookie of the Week for five-consecutive weeks this season.

 


Swart has been voted the 2017 NAC Men's Golf Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Criminal Justice 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. In his field of study, the senior currently serves as an intern with the Essex County District Attorney's Office. On campus, Swart is an active member of the Vikings Student Athlete Advisory Committee, participating in many community service activities throughout the year. He has also been involved with the Peter Bruni Junior Golf Program for four years, working with young boys and girls introducing them to the game of golf. On the course, Swart is an excellent example for his teammates and has served as team captain the past two years. This season he competed in three events, the Williams Fall Invitational, the MASCAC Championship and the NAC Championship. At Williams he carded a 162 (77-85) to tie for 54 and at the MASCAC Championship he tallied a 77 for a share of fourth place, helping his team claim the victory. Most recently, the senior recorded a 160 (81-79) at the NAC Championship to tie for ninth and aid his team in a runner-up finish.

 

 

M. Dugas claimed his second NAC Coach of the Year honor after previously being selected by his peers in 2015. The four-year mentor led his team to a first place finish at the 2017 conference championship (303-298-601) and the team's 12th overall NAC title. Impressively, the Eagles placed all five of their golfers in the top-six at the championship, including the top-four lowest scores. In the four other events that the Eagles competed in this fall, the team recorded four victories, while also tallying three medalist honors. Dugas' squad carded the lowest total at the following competitions, the Maine Collegiate Championship (10 teams), the Husson Invitational (seven teams), the Farmingdale State College Invitational (nine teams), and the Southern Maine Fall Classic (nine teams). The Eagles will represent the North Atlantic Conference in the 2018 NCAA Men's Golf Championship in the spring.

Joining the Dugas brothers on the All-Conference First Team were Husson junior teammates Mackenzie Clow (Summerside, Prince Edward Island), Taylor Morang (Winthrop, Maine), and Daulton Wickenden (Rockport, Maine), along with Salem State graduate student Chad Alibozek (Adams, Mass.).

Second team honorees include UMaine-Farmington junior Eric Aguiar (Thornton, N.H.) and seniors Trevor Hisler (Skowhegan, Maine) and Michael Richard (Turner, Maine), Maine Maritime junior Joey Moir (Bangor, Maine) and Salem State's Swart, junior Eric Powers (Beverly, Mass.) and senior Nick Stone (Londonderry, N.H.).

For the 2017 NAC Men's Golf Championship release, please click HERE.

The NAC Men's Golf Sportsmanship Team 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 golf playing rules and etiquette. The following eight individuals have been selected to the 2017 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton senior Jon Benson (Stockbridge, Vt.), UMaine-Farmington's Hisler, Green Mountain junior Will Durant (Plymouth, Mass.), Husson's Morang, Johnson junior Nick Audet (Morrisville, Vt.), Maine Maritime senior Chase Whittemore (Skowhegan, Maine), MCLA senior Josh Fortier (Pittsfield, Mass.), UMaine-Presque Isle freshman Austin Coulston (Fort Mohave, Arizona), and Salem State's Stone.

2017 NAC Men's Golf All-Conference Teams

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

First Team
Chad Alibozek, Graduate, Salem State
Mackenzie Clow, Junior, Husson
Eric Dugas, Freshman, Husson
Gavin Dugas, Junior, Husson
Taylor Morang, Junior, Husson
Daulton Wickenden, Junior, Husson 

Second Team
Eric Aguiar, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
Trevor Hisler, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Joey Moir, Junior, Maine Maritime
Eric Powers, Junior, Salem State
Michael Richard, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Nick Stone, Senior, Salem State
Ryan Swart, Senior, Salem State 

Golfer of the Year
Gavin Dugas, Junior, Husson
Rookie of the Year
Eric Dugas, Freshman, Husson
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Ryan Swart, Senior, Salem State  
Coach of the Year
Mike Dugas, Fourth Season, Husson

Sportsmanship Team
Nick Audet, Junior, Johnson
Jon Benson, Senior, Castleton
Austin Coulston, Freshman, UMaine-Presque Isle
Will Durant, Junior, Green Mountain
Josh Fortier, Senior, MCLA
Trevor Hisler, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Taylor Morang, Junior, Husson
Nick Stone, Senior, Salem State
Chase Whittemore, Senior, Maine Maritime 

PLEASE NOTE: All-Conference teams are comprised of the medalist, plus the next ten finishers at the conference championship (including ties on the second team).