by Benny Benton
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Barton College junior Justin Plane has been named the Conference Carolinas Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's golf, the league announced Friday.
Plane is just the second Barton men's golfer to receive the honor in the eight-year history of the award program, following Nicolas Fonseca in 2013-14.
The award is one of the most prestigious handed out by the league in a given sport, as it represents the best combination of athletic and academic success. Nominees are limited to juniors and seniors who earned both athletic and academic all-conference recognition. Recipients are then selected by the league's student-athlete affairs committee.
Plane was named All-Conference Carolinas Second Team for the second straight season after posting three top-three finishes and five top-10 finishes. He helped lead Barton to a win in its most important tournament of the regular-season – the NCAA D2 South/SE Preview – with a runner-up finish, one of two second-place showings during the year. Plane led Barton's lineup with a 73.9 season stroke average.
The Whitby, Canada, resident was also named to the Conference Carolinas All-Championship Team after finishing tied for sixth in the league tourney, where he helped Barton earn second place for the second year in a row.
Academically, Plane carries a 3.74 GPA in health and physical education.
Plane is the third Barton student-athlete to be named the league's scholar-athlete of the year in his or her sport this season, joining Justin Alford in men's indoor track and Alex Kimble in women's basketball.
Other spring recipients of the league's scholar-athlete awards are: Justin Carroll, baseball, University of Mount Olive; Claire Page, women's golf, Southern Wesleyan University; Alec Molander, men's lacrosse, Lees-McRae College; Shannon Sisk, women's lacrosse, Limestone College; Amanda Coffrin, softball, North Greenville University; Martin Moser, men's tennis, Mount Olive; Teagan McNamara, women's tennis, Belmont Abbey College; Jonathan Dahlke, men's outdoor track, Mount Olive; Shekinah Wilder, women's outdoor track, North Greenville; Robert Poole, men's volleyball, Mount Olive.