WACO, Texas (April 23, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian had three players – Sam Johnston, Vilhelm Bogstrand and Logan Herbst – named to the All-Heartland Conference men’s golf teams Tuesday, while OC coach David Lynn was named the league’s coach of the year.
Johnston was named to the conference’s five-man first-team list, while Bogstrand and Herbst both made the five-man second-team list. OC, in its first season in the Heartland, had more players honored than any other conference school.
OC players weren’t eligible for individual awards, which likely kept Johnston – who led the league in stroke average – from receiving conference player of the year and freshman of the year honors.
But Lynn was eligible for top coaching honors and was named as a conference coach of the year for the sixth time. The previous five honors (2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2012) came when OC was a member of the NAIA’s Sooner Athletic Conference. The university now is in the first year of the NCAA Division II membership process.
Under Lynn, the Eagles had a team stroke average more than three strokes per round better than any other league team and won four of their 10 tournaments during the 2012-13 season. Lynn is OC’s first coach to win a coach-of-the-year award from the Heartland Conference.
Johnston, a freshman from San Diego, won two tournaments and posted a 71.56 stroke average, which currently ranks fifth in Division II. He was a three-time conference player of the week and also earned National Christian College Athletic Association student-athlete of the week honors three times. Last fall, Johnston was named to the NCCAA All-America team.
In 10 tournaments this academic year, Johnston finished in the top 10 eight times. He won the U.C. Ferguson Classic at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s West Course in Oklahoma City in the fall and closed the spring season by beating 50 NCAA Division I players to capture top honors in the Winchester Classic in Meadow Vista, Calif.
Bogstrand, a senior from Oslo, Norway, capped an honor-filled career with the all-conference selection. He finished fourth in the conference in stroke average at 73.50 and was the national medalist as the Eagles won the NCCAA Championship last fall. The three-time All-America selection had six top-10 finishes during the 2012-13 campaign. His scoring average ranks 61st in Division II.
Bogstrand twice was named as the Heartland player of the week and also received NCCAA student-athlete of the week honors two times.
Herbst, a senior from Fairview, finished fifth in the conference with a 73.52 stroke average and also had six top-10 finishes during 2012-13, highlighted by a fourth-place showing in the San Antonio Shoot-Out to open the spring season. He was named as the NCCAA student-athlete of the week once and finished his career as a four-time All-America honoree.
Joining Johnston on the Heartland’s first-team list were Jose Hernandez of St. Edward’s (Texas), Matt Van Winkle of St. Mary’s (Texas) and two players from Newman (Kan.), Myles Miller and James Bolton.
Miller, who posted a 72.16 stroke average and was the medalist in the Heartland Conference Championship that ended Tuesday at The Golf Club of Dallas, was named as the player of the year, while Bolton was chosen as the freshman of the year. OC was not allowed to play in the conference tournament.
The second-team list consisted of Herbst, Bogstrand, Kirby Gorzell of St. Mary’s and two players from Dallas Baptist (Texas), Jeffrey Juillerat and Austin Struble.