Pickens Named AAC Champion of Character, Three Earn All-Academic
DAYTON, Tenn. – When the Men’s Golf All-Appalachian Athletic Conference awards were announced for the 2017-18 season, it was Bryce Pickens who represented Bryan College as their representative to the Champion’s of Character Team and the trio of Andres Arteaga, Kaden Davis, and Nick Scully who were named to the All-Academic Team.
Earning the most prestigious title of the season was Reinhardt University (Ga.) standout Kameron Williams who was crowned this year’s Player of the Year. Williams earned the honor by shooting the lowest score over the seven rounds in conference play this season, compiling a score of 506, 11 strokes better than the next competitor. Steven Paine of Point University (Ga.) is the Coach of the Year as the Skyhawks won the NAIA Direct Qualifier-AAC Championship Tournament. This marked the second consecutive year that Coach Paine received the honor.
Other Champions of Character included Collin Grubb from Union College (Ky.), Crystian Hopper from SCAD Atlanta (Ga.), Duncan Moody from Montreat College (N.C.), Tenner Nelson from Tennessee Wesleyan University, Evans Nichols from Reinhardt, Yusuke Niwa from St. Andrews University (N.C.), Tyler Presley from Milligan College (Tenn.), Matt Smith from Truett McConnell University (Ga.), and Point’s Eric Wowor. To be voted to the AAC Champion’s of Character Team, the individual must represent the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.
“I’m very proud of Bryce in the way he has stepped up and taken responsibility and become a leader,” said Bryan Head Coach Peter Bollant. “Bryce has faced some amazing adversity and challenges in his personal life, but through the grace and strength of our Lord Jesus, he has stepped up to not only overcome that adversity but also serve as an example for others. I look forward to seeing what God will do in his life as he enters the Police Academy after graduation this May. I believe the Lord will use him to help impact and change our world for the glory of God.”
In all, 28 were named to the Academic All-AAC Team. This award is presented to all student-athletes who excel in the classroom. Nominees must have completed two terms of attendance and attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
Joining Williams on the All-AAC First Team are Francisco de Oliveira of Point, Maddux Lytle of Point, Smith of Truett McConnell, and Wowor of Point.
Earning a spot on the All-AAC Second Team are Ryan Hoover of Reinhardt, Trent Mansfield of Tennessee Wesleyan, Nick Sewell of Milligan, Jeovani Veloz of Tennessee Wesleyan, and Preston Wagaman of Truett McConnell.