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Connor Gaunt Named Honorable Mention PING All-American

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Connor Gaunt Named Honorable Mention PING All-American

BATON ROUGE – LSU graduate golfer Connor Gaunt has been named to the 2024 NCAA Division I PING All-American Honorable Mention Team, the GCAA announced on Wednesday morning 

“It is such a great honor and was definitely a goal of mine before the year started,” said Gaunt. “I was blessed to play well this year and to get recognized for it is amazing. My coaches and teammates pushed me everyday and can’t thank them enough. My family is so supportive and I also can’t thank them enough.”

The Cabot, Ark. native put together his best golf in his final season competing in collegiate golf. After spending a year in Division II at Arkansas Tech, Gaunt transferred to LSU where he went on to contribute for three years and then lead his team in almost every category in his fifth and final season. 

Gaunt’s 2023-24 season stroke average of 71.05 etches his name in the record book as the second best season average in program history. The best season average is owned by none other than Sam Burns with a 70.05 in the 2016-17 season. 

“I feel honored to have that stat and it was a lot of hard work getting there,” added Gaunt on is spot in the record book. “It is amazing to have that especially with how many great golfers that have come through LSU.”

The graduate student finished in the top-5 seven times individually this season through 13 events. Gaunt’s last round out was in the final round of stroke play at the NCAA Championships where he finished tied for eighteenth in Carlsbad. 

Gaunt’s lowest round of the season was back in October where he fired an 8-under 64 in the first round at the Jackson T. Stephens Cup. Gaunt went on to finish tied for third in the Stephens Cup. In the following tournament, Gaunt finished tied for third once again at 7-under 209 in his home state at the Everett Buick GMC Classic. The highest finish of his season was second at 9-under 204 in the Hal Williams Collegiate, his teammate Jay Mendell won individual honors at 10-under 203. 

Gaunt placed fourth at the Valero Texas Open with a 5-under 211, finished tied for fifth in the season opener at the Golfweek Collegiate Kickoff with a 4-under 212, and finished tied for fifth at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at 5-under 211 less than a month ago. 

Gaunt earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees while in Baton Rouge and plans to pursue professional golf following graduation. 

 

Division I PING All-America Teams:

First Team

Luke Clanton, Florida State

Wenyi Ding, Arizona State

Mats Ege, East Tennessee State

Nick Gabrelcik, North Florida

Ben James, Virginia

Jackson Koivun, Auburn

Christo Lamprecht, Georgia Tech

Gordon Sargent, Vanderbilt

Hiroshi Tai, Georgia Tech

Michael Thorbjornsen, Stanford

Brendan Valdes, Auburn

Second Team

Santiago de la Fuente, Houston

Austin Greaser, North Carolina

Max Herendeen, Illinois

Johnny Keefer, Baylor

Michael La Sasso, Ole Miss

Jack Lundin, Missouri

Jacob Skov Olesen, Arkansas

Matthew Riedel, Vanderbilt

Cole Sherwood, Vanderbilt

Karl Vilips, Stanford

Third Team

Bastien Amat, New Mexico

Jackson Buchanan, Illinois

Gustav Frimodt, TCU

Ryggs Johnston, Arizona State

Frederik Kjettrup, Florida State

Christiaan Maas, Texas

Phichaksn Maichon, Texas A&M

Omar Morales, UCLA

Preston Summerhays, Arizona State

Sampson Zheng, California

Honorable Mention

Josele Ballester, Arizona State

Michael Brennan, Wake Forest

J.M. Butler, Auburn

George Duangmanee, Virginia

Josh Duangmanee, Virginia

David Ford, North Carolina

Maxwell Ford, North Carolina

Connor Gaunt, LSU

Ian Gilligan, Florida

Tyler Goecke, Illinois

Alex Goff, Kentucky

Jake Hall, Tennessee

Palmer Jackson, Notre Dame

Petr Hruby, Washington

Bryan Lee, Virginia

Bryce Lewis, Tennessee

Riley Lewis, Loyola Marymount

Ben Lorenz, Oklahoma

Nick Mathews, NC State

William Moll, Vanderbilt

Sebastian Moss, Louisville

Calum Scott, Texas Tech

Herman Sekne, Purdue

Baard Skogen, Texas Tech

Jack Turner, Florida

Jackson Van Paris, Vanderbilt

Ben van Wyk, Georgia

Ryan Voois, Illinois

Daniel Rodrigues, Texas A&M

Neal Shipley, Ohio State

Adam Wallin, Ohio State

Ben Warian, Minnesota