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WCU’s Jace Butcher Named to SoCon All-Freshman Team

Western Carolina’s Jace Butcher was today named to the Southern Conference Men’s Golf All-Freshman team as selected by the league’s head coaches and announced as a part of the postseason awards unveiled by the conference office.


Butcher is the sixth Catamount men’s golfer to earn SoCon All-Freshman team honors since the award was first handed out in 2009. It’s also the fourth straight year that WCU has landed an individual on the league’s all-rookie team. He joins current teammate Josh Lendach who was on last year’s all-freshman squad.


Butcher competed in nine of the team’s 10 stroke-play tournaments and its one match-play event this season. The Kennesaw, Ga., product posted a seasonal scoring average of 74.12 over 26 combined rounds, finishing fourth on the Catamount squad. Butcher closed his rookie season ranked 39th in the Southern Conference in overall scoring average, the fourth-best freshman in the league this season.


With a combined 24 of his 26 rounds carded in the 70s or better, Butcher fired three rounds in the 60s this season including a career-low round of 67 on the second 18 holes at the Phoenix Invitational in the fall semester. Butcher recorded his career-best, 54-hole score of 5-under-par 208 at Elon’s tournament, tallying his career-best finish in a tie for 12th. His 208 was among the Top 20 three-round scores in program history. In his collegiate debut, the first-year striker carded a 3-under-par tournament score of 213, while posting a Top 20 finish with a 16th-place tie at Wisconsin’s Badger Invitational.


In WCU’s team win at the Sweetens Cove Match-Play tournament, Butcher finished all-square in his opening match against Bowling Green before winning his semifinal match against Belmont, 2-up. In the abbreviated nine-hole championship match, Butcher finished 1-up as the Catamounts claimed the tournament hardware after sharing the overall team championship at the weather-altered event.


For the Catamounts, Butcher was among four freshmen on the roster that saw tournament action in their rookie seasons. He was flanked by Cataula, Ga., product Andrew Korytoski (74.31) who also competed in 26 rounds this season. Capping the freshman foursome were two Floridians in Michael Bevins (74.13 in 8 rounds) of Fort Myers and Estero native Dalton Payne (76.00, 11 rounds).


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WCU on the SoCon All-Freshman Team2011-12: JT Poston2018-19: Tumi Kuld2020-21: Pierre Villaneix2021-22: Jake Peacock (Freshman of the Year)2022-23: Josh Lendach

2023-24: Jace Butcher

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2023-24 Southern Conference Postseason Awards:

2023-24 Southern Conference Player of the Year

Mats Ege, R-Sr., ETSU 2023-24 Southern Conference Co-Freshman of the Year

Jenson Forrester, ETSU and Kelvin Hernandez, UNCG 2023-24 Southern Conference Coach of the YearJake Amos, ETSU 2023-24 All-Southern Conference TeamMatthew Dodd-Berry, So., ETSU

Mats Ege, R-Sr., ETSU

Algot Kleen, Jr., ETSU

Harris Barth, So., Furman

Tobias Jonsson, Sr., Mercer

Symon Balbin, Sr., UNCG

Randall Hudson, Sr., UNCG

Paul Conroy, Sr., Chattanooga

Samuel Espinosa, Sr., Chattanooga

John Houk, Sr., Chattanooga

2023-24 SoCon All-Freshman TeamJenson Forrester, ETSU

Kelvin Hernandez, UNCG

Taylor Kuehn, Samford

Ward Harris, Chattanooga

Jace Butcher, Western Carolina

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