FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Four Methodist University men’s golfers garnered All-USA South recognition, including Chris Drydale who was named Golfer of the Year, while Steve Conley was selected as the Coach of the Year as the league announced its postseason honors on Thursday morning.
Conley receives Coach of the Year accolades for the 22nd time during his tenure at Methodist. He leads a nationally-ranked Monarch team that currently sits No. 2 in Golfstat rankings and No. 1 in the latest coaches poll. MU has won three events this season and has finished inside the top six in all 11 events it has played in. The Monarchs are the No. 1 seed in the USA South Championships, which they are two-time defending champions.
Drysdale, a junior from Yorktown Heights, New York, is the first Methodist golfer to be named Golfer of the Year since the 2014 campaign. His 72.0 average is tied for best in the conference and has finished in the top 10 three times, including a pair of top five finishes.
Gross, a junior from Center Cross, Virginia, receives all-conference honors for the first time in his career as a first team pick. In 17 rounds, he sits at a 72.5 scoring average and has played seven rounds under par. Gross has finished in the top 10 four times, including three top five finishes. His best finish came at the Camp Lejune Intercollegiate with a 140 (-2) to finish tied for second place, which also consisted of his lowest round of the year – a 67 (-3).
Chinn, who hails from Fayetteville, N.C., was tabbed Second Team All-USA South for his first postseason honor. His scoring average sits at 73.0 in 17 rounds and has shot at or under par in six rounds. He has two top 10 finishes with one in the top five. Chinn was also the team’s pick for the conference all-sportsmanship team.
Purviance, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, picks up his first all-conference nod of his collegiate career. He holds a scoring average of 73.6 over 14 rounds and has shot at or under par four times. Purviance shot a 65 in the second round of the Jekyll Island Intercollegiate, which stands as the lowest round on the team so far this season.
The Monarchs lead the USA South Championships after the first round. The second round begins tomorrow morning.
Credit: Methodist University Athletics