(NORMAN, Okla.) – Freshman Jason Li (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) of the Carnegie Mellon University men's golf team has once again been recognized for his play on the course this past season by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). On Tuesday night, at the GCAA annual awards dinner, Li was named to the PING Mid-Atlantic Region team. This honor comes less than two weeks following the announcement that Li is a semifinalist for the NCAA Division III Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol.
Li, who also was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Rookie of the Year, finished the season with a team-best average round of 73.9 through 15 rounds and recorded a season-low round of 70 on four occasions. The freshman turned in his best tournament of the year at the Oglethorpe Royal Lakes Invitational in October. Li tied for third individually in a field of 102 golfers after carding back-to-back rounds of 70 for a 140. His score also tied the third-best 36-hole tournament mark in program history.
The UAA Rookie of the Year won both of his matches during the UAA match play championship in March, topping Jack Mulligan of Rochester 1-up to seal the opening round win for the Tartans. The freshman was down two holes with three to play and finished with a birdie on 16, par on 17, and a birdie on 18 to claim the victory by winning all three. The next day, he knocked off Emory's Eric Yiu 2-and-1 on his way to being named to the UAA Championship All-Tournament team.