Hall Named PING First Team All-American
Junior also named Haskins Award Finalist on Tuesday after historic season
NORMAN, Okla. — Junior Ryan Hall was named a PING First Team All-American, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday. He joins PGA TOUR player Matt NeSmith (2016) as the only players in program history to be named PING First Team All-Americans.
Hall was also named a Haskins Award Finalist today alongside Florida State’s John Pak and Georgia’s Davis Thompson. The annual player of the year award in college golf will be presented live today on the Golf Channel at 4:30 p.m. ET.
He’s the 26th different Gamecock golfer (41 AA honors total) all-time to garner All-America status. Since 2007 under head coach Bill McDonald, South Carolina has now garnered 20 All-America honors by 10 different student-athletes. =
Hall, the 2021 Albuquerque Regional Champion, recently wrapped up one of the best single-season performances in Garnet and Black at the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship (missed the cut for the final round of stroke play Monday by just two shots). He became just the third regional champion in school history with his one-shot victory at UNM’s Championship Course on May 19. He finished in the top-20 in every start during the 2020-21 season with six top-10s, four top-fives and a pair of wins. His first victory this season (has three career wins) came at the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational on Easter Sunday. He shot 202 (-14) with a bogey free 66 (-6) in the second round and a carded final round 64 (-8), chipping in for eagle at the last hole to force a playoff with Pepperdine’s Dylan Menante. Hall made birdie on both playoff holes to win and earn a sponsor exemption into the PGA TOUR’s 3M Open this summer in Blaine, Minn. (July 19-25).
With his two victories this season, Hall joined All-Americans Keenan Huskey, Will Miles, Matt NeSmith and Kyle Thompson as the only five players in program history with multiple wins in the same season. He finished the year with a 69.97 scoring average (7th best in the nation), the lowest mark in program history. He’s the only player ever at South Carolina to post a sub-70 season scoring average (minimum 18 rounds played.)
Hall has already accumulated a nice list of accolades this spring, earning PING All-Southeast Region and First Team All-SEC honors. He also earned a spot on the U.S. Arnold Palmer Cup Team at Rich Harvest Farms (June 11-13) and he’s one of five finalists for the Jack Nicklaus Award.
2021 PING First Team All-Americans
Ludvig Åberg, Texas Tech
Sam Bennett, Texas A&M
Eugenio Chacarra, Oklahoma State
Pierceson Coody, Texas
Alex Fitzpatrick, Wake Forest
Peter Fountain, North Carolina
Nick Gabrelcik, North Florida
Noah Goodwin, SMU
Ryan Hall, South Carolina
John Pak, Florida State
Turk Pettit, Clemson
Davis Thompson, Georgia