Golfer Johnston becomes OC’s 1st Division II All-American

OC freshman Sam Johnston is the university's first Division II All-American.
OC freshman Sam Johnston is the university's first Division II All-American.

NORMAN, Okla. (June 18, 2013) – One year into the NCAA membership process, Oklahoma Christian has its first Division II All-American.

OC golfer Sam Johnston was named Tuesday to the Division II PING All-America second-team list, chosen by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The eight-player first-team list was announced after the Division II Championship, for which OC was ineligible. The GCAA announced the second- and third-team and honorable mention selections Tuesday. Johnston had the best stroke average – 71.56 – among second-team selections.

"Sam had an extremely solid freshman year," OC coach David Lynn said. "For him to be recognized as a NCAA Division II second-team All-American is a great honor. He won two outstanding golf tournaments this year. I am very pleased with his performance."

The freshman from San Diego finished fourth in Division II in stroke average and earlier was named to the PING Division II All-Freshman team and All-South Central Region team.

He also was an All-Heartland Conference first-team selection, although the league refused to allow him to be recognized as the player of the year because of OC’s first-year membership status. Johnston was the only conference player chosen for All-America honors.

Johnston won two tournaments, the U.C. Ferguson Classic in September at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s West Course in Oklahoma City and the Winchester Classic last month at Winchester Country Club in Meadow Vista, Calif. In the Oklahoma event, he tied the tournament scoring record, and in the California event, he beat 50 NCAA Division I golfers.

He was named as the Heartland Conference player of the week three times. Johnston also was named as the National Christian College Athletic Association student-athlete of the week three times and earned first-team NCCAA All-America honors last fall.

Johnston set several freshmen golf records at OC, including wins and scoring average. The previous freshman scoring-average school record of 73.2 was held by OC Athletic Hall of Fame member Bruno Buccolo.