The University of the Cumberlands Men's Golf program had an incredible 2011-2012 season as they took home both the Mid-South Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships. As numerous individual awards have been handed out since season's end, another honor was awarded to a very deserving individual for his performance throughout the season.
Senior Aaron Watkins (Harlan, KY) was recently named a member of the 2012 All-Nicklaus Team. This was the first time Watkins has earned this particular award. The 24 honorees on the 2012 All-Nicklaus Team are recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) for outstanding play during the past collegiate postseason. These players are picked from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and the NJCAA.
The All-Nicklaus Team was created in 2008, and is not only named for history's greatest player but also a long-time supporter of collegiate and amateur golf. Jack Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Awards in 1988. The Nicklaus Award is annually given to the top collegiate men's golfer in Divisions I, II, III, the NAIA and the NJCAA.
Head Coach Chris Kraftick commented, "This is another great honor for one of our guys. These players represent the best of each division this year and Aaron definitely earned that distinction in the NAIA."
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