Giles Earns Ping All-American First Team Nod
June 1, 2009
USC sophomore Matt Giles was among 10 players selected to the PING All-American first team following the 2009 NCAA Championships this past weekend.
Giles, who was an All-American honorable mention selection as a 2008 freshman, joined Jorge Campillo of Indiana, Rickie Fowler and Morgan Hoffmann of Oklahoma State, Matt Hill of NC State, Florida's Billy Horschel, Kyle Stanley of Clemson, Washington's Nick Taylor, Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech and Marquette's Mike Van Sickle.
This is the third year in a row USC has had at least one All-American first teamer, the fifth year in a row Troy has had an All-American at any level (first, second or honorable mention) and the seventh year in the past eight.
Announcements for All-American second team or honorable mention have yet to be announced.
The Sydney, Australia, native was top 7 in the first five the events this year and had seven top 7 finishes overall. His 71.35 stroke average was sixth-best in the country, helped by 10 rounds in the 60s. He was a semifinalist for the 2009 The Ben Hogan Award and was also named to the Golf Australia national team. He was fourth at the 2008 UCF Collegiate Invitational (1-under 215) and the 2009 USC Collegiate Invitational (6-under 207), tied for fourth at the 2008 CordeValle Collegiate (2-under 214) and the U.S. Intercollegiate (8-under 202) and tied for seventh at the 2009 UH Hilo Invitational (3-under 213) and the NCAA West Regional (7-under 209). He tied for 30th at the 2009 NCAA Championships. At the 2008 Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic (a non-team event), Giles tied for fourth.