May 30, 2012
BEAUMONT - Lamar University's M.J. Daffue continues to add to his outstanding resume as the senior golfer was named to the Division I PING All-Central Region Team, announced the Golf Coaches Association of America on Wednesday.
A total of 155 collegiate golfers across six regions were recognized for their outstanding play. Daffue was one of two Southland Conference honorees in the Central Region, joining 2012 conference Player of the Year Philipp Westermann of Southeastern Louisiana.
Daffue, who has three individual titles this season and five in his career, is currently playing with the Cardinals at the 2012 NCAA Championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Lamar won the 2012 Southland Conference team title as Daffue successfully defended his individual crown in the event.
A native of Pretoria, South Africa, Daffue was named First-Team All-Southland Conference for the second straight season. Daffue, who leads the Cardinals with a stroke average of 73.0 per round, was the 2011 Southland Conference Player of the Year.
Daffue is looking to become the first PING All-America at Lamar since 2007 when Dawie Van Der Walt was a first-team selection and Oliver Bekker was an honorable mention. Trevor Dodds (1985), Philip Jonas (1986) and Chris Stroud (2004) have also earned first-team All-America honors for Lamar.
In addition to winning the conference tournament, Daffue picked up wins at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate and the Border Olympics against two of the top fields in college golf. Daffue was one of only two players to finish under par at the Border Olympics after a three-round total of 5-under.
Lamar advanced to its first NCAA Championship since tying for third in 2007 by placing fourth at the NCAA Greensboro Regional. Daffue tied for 13th in Greensboro after posting rounds of 70-73-76=219 (+3) on the par-72 Grandover Resort East Course.
Joining Daffue and Westermann on the All-Central Region team are: Abraham Ancer and Riley Pumphrey of Oklahoma, Sebastian Cappelen and Ethan Tracy of Arkansas, Julien Brun and Johan de Beer of TCU, Tyler Dunlap, Cameron Peck, Jordan Russell, Geoff Shaw and Johannes Veerman of Texas A&M, Dylan Frittelli, Toni Hakula, Jordan Spieth and Julio Vegas of Texas, Talor Gooch of Oklahoma State, Rafael Becker of Wichita State, Jace Long of Missouri, Nate McCoy of Iowa State, Joaquim Mikkelsen of Baylor, Carlos Ortiz of North Texas, Matt Schovee of SMU and Clement Sordet of Texas Tech.