Photo of Kaden Treybig from the UMHB Athletics Department
BELTON, Texas- Several postseason honors rolled in for members of the UMHB men’s and women’s golf teams on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Seven from the women’s team were named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), and Kayden Treybig of the men’s team earned the ASC’s Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year award.
Treybig, a junior, became the fifth Crusader awarded the honor. He played a key role in UMHB’s success on the course this past year, helping head coach Jordan Cox’s young squad to an NCAA Championship berth after winning the ASC title on May 3. He tallied three top-ten finishes during the season, posting a stroke average of 77.07 over 12 tournaments, on his way to All-Conference and Academic All-Conference honors.
Cox had nothing but praise for the Bellville, Texas native.
“Kaden came to UMHB as a freshman 73 pounds heavier than he is now, having lost his mother to cancer late in his senior year of high school,”Cox said in a press release. “He used his opportunities to make life changes for fitness and has transformed himself and has helped others in the process by sharing his story. Kaden’s demeanor on the golf course is calm, as is his tone. His respect for the game and those with whom he is paired is something he mentions frequently, as he is truly appreciative of his opportunity to play college golf.
“Since his initial recruitment into our program Kaden has striven to be a leader,” Cox said. “His willingness to listen combined with his desire to learn has accentuated his God-given abilities to be an example worthy of being followed. We are extremely appreciative for what he means to our team. Having Kaden recognized as the recipient of this award, knowing the quality of young men in our conference nominated, is a tremendous honor for our program and our university.”
The award was renamed in 2005 for Fred Jacoby, the ASC’s first commissioner, and annually recognizes both a male and female student-athlete “who best displays the attributes of sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship and academic integrity in their athletic, academic and life pursuits.”
The seven women’s golfers who earned All-American Scholar recognition were Annie Hasselbach, Jade Ming, Lily Self, Zoe Kelton, Sarah Kmiecik, Sydney McConnell and Jo Tiger.
Each earned Academic All-Conference selections this past season, as well as several additional conference honors.
McConnell, who won the ASC Individual title and competed at the NCAA Championship, was voted ASC Women’s Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Self, a transfer from the University of Lynchburg, earned the ASC’s Newcomer of the Year award. McConnell, Self, Tiger, Kmiecik and Ming each tallied All-Conference honors.
Hasselbach, an ASC Scholar Athlete of the Year, earned her fourth All-American Scholar honor. Ming is now a three-time honoree.