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    Pieters, Danielson Earn PING All-America Honors
    Thomas Pieters and Charlie Danielson were named PING All-Americans on Thursday.

    Thomas Pieters and Charlie Danielson were named PING All-Americans on Thursday.

    June 20, 2013

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    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On the same day as his professional debut, former Illini Thomas Pieters was named a third-team PING All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America Thursday. Joining Pieters on the All-America teams was Illini Charlie Danielson, who earned honorable mention All-America honors after finishing in the top 15 in the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championships. It marks the third-straight year that Illinois has had multiple PING All-Americans, after Pieters and Luke Guthrie earned the honors in 2012, and Guthrie, Scott Langley and Chris DeForest were All-Americans in 2011.

    Pieters' honor was announced just as he finished his first round as a professional, carding a 1-under-par 70 in the first round of the Scottish Hydro Challenge, an event on the European Challenge Tour. The top 15 finishers on the Challenge Tour receive European Tour cards at the end of the season.

    The former Illini led his squad to a season to remember in 2013, as Illinois finished second in the nation after falling to Alabama in the final match of the NCAA Championships. The Orange and Blue defeated 2012 NCAA champion Texas and top-ranked California during the match-play portion after finishing fifth in stroke play. Illinois also won the Fayetteville Regional, the program's first regional title, and earned its fifth-straight Big Ten championship in 2013.

    Along the way, Pieters was named Big Ten Men's Golfer of the Year, fellow Belgian Thomas Detry was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and head coach Mike Small earned his fifth-straight and sixth career Big Ten Coach of the Year honor.

    Pieters recorded the fourth-best season stroke average in school history with a 71.38 mark over 34 rounds. He notched a team-best 16 rounds under par and four even-par rounds, and his 72.35 career stroke average ranks second in Illinois history, just behind Guthrie's school-record 72.08 from 2008-12.

    Danielson showed flashes of brilliance throughout his rookie campaign, posting three top-10 finishes and six top-20s. He won his matches against Texas and California in the match-play portion of the NCAA Championships and recorded nine rounds under par and four at par during the season. He recorded a 7-under-par 65 in the first round of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional and also was honored by Golfweek as one of the nation's top freshmen following the fall season.

    2013 PING All-Americans
    First Team

    Daniel Berger, Florida State
    Julien Brun, TCU
    Greg Eason, UCF
    James Erkenbeck, New Mexico
    Max Homa, California
    Michael Kim, California
    Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington
    Patrick Rodgers, Stanford
    Brandon Stone, Texas
    Michael Weaver, California
    Cory Whitsett, Alabama

    Second Team
    Albin Choi, NC State
    Sean Dale, North Florida
    Scott Fernandez, Iowa State
    Pedro Figueiredo, UCLA
    Brandon Hagy, California
    Brinson Paolini, Duke
    Joel Stalter, California
    Justin Thomas, Alabama
    Chris Williams, Washington
    Bobby Wyatt, Alabama

    Third Team
    Anders Albertson, Georgia Tech
    Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas
    Corey Conners, Kent State
    Oliver Goss, Tennessee
    Gavin Green, New Mexico
    MJ Maguire, North Florida
    Thomas Pieters, Illinois
    Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech
    Pontus Widegren, UCLA
    Cameron Wilson, Stanford

    Honorable Mention
    Evan Beck, Wake Forest
    Zac Blair, BYU
    Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn
    Rodolfo Cazaubon, North Texas
    Yi Keun Chang, Southern California
    Mario Clemens, SMU
    Charlie Danielson, Illinois
    Ian Davis, Oklahoma State
    Tyler Dunlap, Texas A&M
    Nicolas Echavarria, Arkansas
    Jonathan Garrick, UCLA
    Jonathan Grey, Georgia State
    Cody Gribble, Texas
    Rick Lamb, Tennessee
    Denny McCarthy, Virginia
    Tyler McCumber, Florida
    Matthew NeSmith, South Carolina
    Jordan Niebrugge, Oklahoma State
    Kevin Penner, UNLV
    Jack Perry, Northwestern
    Kevin Phelan, North Florida
    Jon Rahm, Arizona State
    Seth Reeves, Georgia Tech
    Chase Seiffert, Florida State
    Sam Smith, Southern California
    Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina
    Scott Strohmeyer, Alabama

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