SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Freshman Josh Lorenzetti was honored by the Southern Conference for an outstanding month of April that culminated in winning the Southern Conference Championship medalist honors and with it a spot in the 2013 NCAA Regionals.
The Southern Conference announced its April athletes of the month for baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, softball and men’s and women’s tennis Friday, highlighting excellence among student-athletes during the month.
Lorenzetti posted a pair of top-10 finishes in April, including winning the Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship. The rookie from Columbia, S.C., got his month started at the Gary Koch Invitational, tying for sixth in the 75-player field with a 4-under 212, including a second-round 69, at the Old Memorial Club in Tampa, Fla. Lorenzetti helped the Cougars to a sixth-place finish in the 14-team field, which included seven top-50 programs.
At the SoCon Championship on the Ralston Creek Course at Daniel Island Club in Daniel Island, S.C., later in the month, Lorenzetti fired a 1-under 215 (76-69-70) to take medalist honors, finishing as the only player under par for the tournament and helping the Cougars finish third. Lorenzetti was paired with Chattanooga’s Steven Fox and Davidson’s Todd Eckstein on the final day, and the trio shared the lead heading to the 17th hole. Lorenzetti birdied the hole to take a one-stroke lead and made par on the 18th to claim the win.
“I’m really happy for Josh (Lorenzetti) and proud of the way he competed this week,” CofC head coach Mark McEntire said after Lorenzetti won the SoCon Championship. “To be the only player in the tournament to shoot under-par says a lot about his poise and confidence this week. He battled difficult conditions, but kept calm and played great out there.”
Lorenzetti was named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team and was the league’s Co-Freshman of the Year. For the month, four of his six rounds were under par and he turned in a 71.17 stroke average. He was the third CofC men’s golfer to win a conference championship and the first freshman to achieve the accomplishment.
On Monday May 6 Lorenzetti will learn his placement in the NCAA Regional via a webcast of the selection show on NCAA.com at 9:00 p.m.
Southern Conference April Athletes of the Month
Baseball – Player Will Callaway, Appalachian State
Baseball – Pitcher Austin Pritcher, The Citadel
Men’s Golf Josh Lorenzetti, College of Charleston
Women’s Golf Agathe Sauzon, Chattanooga
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field – Track Brandon Hairston, Western Carolina
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field – Field Jared Stalling, Appalachian State
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field – Track Sinead Haughey, Furman
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field – Field Alisha Bradshaw, Western Carolina
Softball – Player Carleigh Nester, Elon
Softball – Pitcher Stephanie Saylors, College of Charleston
Men’s Tennis Fares Kilani, Samford
Women’s Tennis Brooke McAmis, College of Charleston