MILWAUKEE – Junior Maxwell Dye and freshman Trent Thomas have each been named All-NACC based on their performances from the first two rounds of the NACC championship.
Dye (Kenai, Alaska) shot a 159, tied for 10th, between the first two rounds of the NACC championship after shooting a 77 followed by an 82. His 77 in the first round marked the lowest score amongst the squad. Dye closes out the season with the third-lowest stroke average on the team after averaging 78.1 strokes over the course of seven rounds. He was able to finish below 80 strokes in all but two rounds during the season including a 75 and 74, respectively, at the MSOE Invitational where he finished in a tie for 11th.
“I’m very excited for Max,” commented head men’s golf coach Ty McLaughlin. “He has battled through some lingering wrist injuries the past two seasons that have really affected his game. It really goes to show how much passion he has for the game that he battled through that and still performed at a high level. I know this award will push him, even more, to get back at it and I am just really proud of his efforts.”
Thomas (Oneida, Wis.) also shot a 159 and finished the first two rounds of the NACC championship tied for 10th after carding a 79 and 80, respectively. His 79 first round was the second-best round on the team, while he led the team with his 80 in the second round. Thomas concludes his first season as a Sabre tied for the team lead in stroke average after shooting a 78.0 average over eight rounds of action. His lowest round came in the first round of the MSOE Invitational when he shot a 72 where he eventually finished the event in a tie for 19th amongst the field of 83.
“Trent has a lot of natural talent that he was able to showcase this past season,” commented McLaughlin. “It isn’t often that you can have a freshman come in the door and make a difference for your program right away. Trent ended up being runner up for freshman player of The year on top of being all-conference. We are very hopeful for Trent and the trajectory that his playing career is headed.”
This marks the first time since the 2013-14 season that Marian men’s golf has had multiple student-athletes earn All-NACC recognition.