RICHMOND, Va. – Elon University men’s golfer Quade Lukes was rewarded for his outstanding freshman season with an All-CAA First Team selection, the Colonial Athletic Association announced on Tuesday, May 1.
A native of nearby Chapel Hill, N.C., Lukes earns his first All-CAA selection after posting a team-best 72.10 stroke average over 21 rounds of action, which is the lowest scoring average for a single season in the program’s Division I era. His stroke average was the lowest among CAA freshmen and tied for the second-lowest total in the league this year.
Additionally, Lukes’ score versus par total of 0.81 ranks second in the program’s single-season record books. Lukes, who had his season cut short due to an injury, earned two Top 5 and five Top 15 finishes while only placing outside of the Top 20 once in the seven tournaments he competed in during the 2017-18 campaign. He was an important part of the team’s lineup as a freshman, as 17 of his 18 rounds counted toward the team’s score overall score.
Lukes got his career off to a fine start by earning his first career Top 3 finish in his first collegiate tournament at the Patriot Intercollegiate. Lukes finished tied for third with a one-under 215 (72-69-74). He carded his second Top 5 finish of the season at the Battle at Stono Ferry, hosted by College of Charleston, where he finished in fifth with an eight-under 208 (73-67-68). The tournament included a season-low round of 67, followed by a 68 on the final day, his second-best round of the year.
Additionally, Lukes earned Top 20 finishes at the the Hummingbird Intercollegiate, the Camden Collegiate Invitational, the UNCG/Martin Downs Collegiate and the Pinehurst Intercollegiate. He also finished as the sixth-ranked golfer in the CAA, according to GolfStat.com.
2017-18 All-CAA Men’s Golf Teams
Quade Lukes, Elon
Patrick Cover, UNCW
Hunter Dunagan, College of Charleston
Blake McShea, UNCW
Michael Sass, College of Charleston
William Bachelor, Towson
Matt Cowgill, James Madison
Aaron Fricke, Drexel
Nacho Montero, James Madison
Logan Sowell, College of Charleston
CAA Men’s Golfer of the Year: Michael Sass, College of Charleston
CAA Men’s Golf Rookie of the Year: Nacho Montero, James Madison
CAA Men’s Golf Coach of the Year: Daniel Bowden, UNCW