Junior Logan Lanier is among the semifinalists for the 2016 Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award presented by Barbasol. The semifinalists for NCAA Division II and III were announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Lanier is the second straight LaGrange golfer to be a semifinalist for the award. Cory Howard went on to be one of the five finalists last year. Finalists for Division III will be named at the GCAA Division III National Awards Banquet on May 10 and Division II on May 12.
The St. Augustine, Fla. native is currently the No. 2 ranked player in Division III by Golfstat. He has a stroke average of 71.67 per round. In eight tournaments during the 2015-16 season, Lanier has not finished any lower than ninth. He is the USA South Player of the Year and an All-Conference first team selection. He has shot par or better in 14 rounds with a season and career-low round score of 67 at the Jekyll Island Intercollegiate.
Nicklaus Award recipients will be announced June 2 with the honor presented by Jack Nicklaus at a ceremony during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. In addition to receiving the the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the five recipients will compete in the Barbasol Shootout for an exemption into the PGA TOUR's Barbasol Championship, held July 14-17, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika, Alabama. The Barbasol Shootout will be held Saturday, June 4 at the storied Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio - the same club where Jack Nicklaus learned the game of golf as a young boy.