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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – For the third consecutive year, Penn State has had four men’s golf student-athletes selected to the PING All-Northeast Region Team, to lead all institutions in the region and tie for the lead among Big Ten Conference schools. The All-Region selections were announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Nittany Lions Ryan Davis (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), JD Hughes (Carlisle, Pa.), Charles Huntzinger (Duluth, Ga.) and Cole Miller (New Tripoli, Pa.) were selected to the 25-player All-Region squad. A total of 152 players across six regions were selected.
A junior, Miller garnered his third consecutive PING All-Region recognition. Huntzinger, a sophomore, earned his second All-Region accolade, while Hughes, also a sophomore, and Davis, a freshman, earned their first recognition.
Davis led the Nittany Lions with a two-over 218 (76-71-71) this past weekend at the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
For the third consecutive year, Penn State led all schools in the Northeast Region with its four selections. For the second straight year, the Nittany Lions were tied with Illinois (Midwest Region) for the most honorees among Big Ten Conference institutions.
The quartet of All-Region honorees and freshman Alec Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) led the Nittany Lions, coached by Greg Nye, to their first NCAA Championships finals appearance since 2010. Seeded No. 30, Penn State vaulted past four teams during the third round to finish in a tie for 24th place.
All five of Penn State's NCAA Championship participants are slated to return for the 2017-18 season (one junior, two sophomores, two freshmen).
Penn State made its 23rd NCAA Championship regional appearance under Nye earlier this month, finishing fifth in the Washington Regional after being seeded ninth in the regional. The Nittany Lions advanced to the NCAA Championships finals for the fifth time under Coach Nye.