by Kevin Buczek
NORMAN, Okla.-Barton College rising senior Daniel Claytor was tabbed a NCAA Division II PING Third Team All-American for a second consecutive season as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Tuesday.
In his junior season, Claytor set a Barton school single-season scoring record with a stroke average of 72.31 to pace the Bulldogs to a 13th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament. Claytor claimed his second straight Barton Kiwanis Co-Male Athlete of the Year and men's golf MVP awards in 2011-12.
"We are thrilled that the All-America committee recognized Daniel's fine play again this season!" said Barton head coach John Hackney. "Daniel had a rough first tournament, but from that point forward, he played some phenomenal golf. He has great talent, but has even more determination. He is constantly in contention at every event and is rightly regarded as one of the nation's elite golfers. We continue to be very proud of him and look forward to seeing him lead us to great things as a senior!"
Hackney has coached eight All-American Team or Honorable Mention award winners in his first 15 seasons guiding the Bulldog golf program.
Claytor fired an impressive under par average of 71.71 in the spring semester to support being named First Team All-Conference Carolinas for the second time and send the Bulldogs into postseason play.
Barton finished No. 20 nationally in the NCAA Division II head-to-head rankings by Golfstat with a deep and talented squad that was paced by Claytor.
The Rocky Mount, N.C., product captured his third and fourth collegiate tournament medalist honors this past season by winning the CenturyLink Collegiate Invitational in the fall and the Barton Intercollegiate in the spring. Claytor also produced runner-up showings in the Richard Rendleman Invitational and the Mount Olive Spring Invitational.
Claytor-- who played in the NCAA National Championship as a freshman and with his team as a sophomore -- notched a total of nine top-10 finishes in BC's 12 events this past season and was the Bulldogs top finisher in seven events.
Over half of his competitive scorecards – 14-of-24 (58.3%) – in 2011-12 were turned in with a total of 72 or below.
Claytor was voted the Conference Carolinas Golfer of the Month for the fourth time in his collegiate career for March 2012 after carding a total of nine-under par in nine rounds over the course of that 31 day window. Claytor capped his third season representing the Royal Blue and White with All-Tournament distinction in the 2012 Conference Carolinas Championships and the Bulldogs' top result in the 2012 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional by tying for 11th out of 108 golfers.