RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman Matt Ball Jr. (Richmond, Va.) and senior Mark Jargen (Helsingborg, Sweden) added their names to the growing list of All-Colonial Athletic Association golfers to play for Virginia Commonwealth University when the league announced its 2011 honorees Wednesday.
In his rookie season, Ball led the Rams in scoring average with a 74.00 mark over 33 rounds. Ball fired the lowest round by any VCU player this season when he carded a 66 in the third round of the Pinehurst Intercollegiate on March 13.
Ball was VCU's top finisher in four events, including at Pinehurst, where he placed second overall. He also earned a top 15 finish at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate and placed ninth at the CAA Championships in April.
Jargren collected a Second Team All-CAA award, and honor that tops off a resurgent senior year for the Helsingborg native. His scoring average of 74.67 ranked second on the team and was the second best of his collegiate career.
Also a candidate for Academic All-America, Jargren placed 17th overall twice, at the Seawhawk Invitational Feb. 27-28, as well as the LSU Invitational April 2-3 at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La. Jargren carded a season-low round of 69 twice this season.
2011 Men's Golf All-CAA First Team
Matt Ball, Jr., VCU Fr. Richmond, Va./Grove Avenue Christian School
Josh Brock, UNC Wilmington Sr. Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover
John Duthie, Towson Sr. Lansing, N.Y./Lansing
Justin Martinson, Delaware Sr. Avondale, Pa./Kennett (Charleston Southern)
Payne McLeod, UNC Wilmington Fr. Reidsville, N.C./North Raleigh Christian Academy
2011 Men's Golf All-CAA Second Team
Thomas Bass, UNC Wilmington So. Holly Spring, N.C./Holly Spring
Mark Jargren, VCU Sr. Helsingborg, Sweden/Tycho Brahe
Nyasha Mauchaza, Towson Sr. Harare, Zimbabwe/St. George College
Ryan Vince, James Madison So. Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Jeremy Wells, William & Mary So. Hopewell, Va./St. Christopher's School