Lile Named to PING All-American Third Team
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas senior golfer Craig Lile was named to the PING Third-Team All-American list as named by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Monday. This is Lile’s second All-America honor as he named to the 2000 All-American team.
Lile, who competed in his final tournament of his collegiate career in the NCAA regional tournament May 17-19 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., will go down as one of best golfers in Razorback history. Lile finished in a tie for 30th at the regional after shooting a three-day total of 222.
During his four years at UA, Lile won five individual tournament titles, including three in the 2000-01 season, and set the school record for sub-70 rounds shooting 21 in his career. In three of his four years, Lile led the team with the lowest stroke average.
This year, Lile led the Razorbacks in every tournament that the Hogs played in this season and led the team with the lowest stroke average of 69.3. Lile won the Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate, Pepsi Southwest Missouri State Fall Challenge and the University of Texas – San Antonio Invitational.
During the 2001 season, Lile had ten top-20 finishes and only finished out of the top-25 in one tournament. In the 13 tournaments that Lile played in this season, Lile shot below par in five of those tournaments. His low round of 205, 11-under par, came in the second tournament of the season at the Red River Classic played at the Dallas Athletic Club in Dallas, Texas, which he finished in second place.
Lile made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament competing in the 2000 and 2001 season as an individual and the 1999 season as a member of the Razorback squad that qualified for the tournament. Lile also participated in the 2000 US Open.
Lile was also named to the All-Southeastern Conference team three times and he was the SEC Freshman of the Year in 1998.
The GCAA All-America Committee selected the individuals based upon play throughout the 2000-01 season, including the NCAA Championships. To be named to the PING All-America teams, a player must be named to one of the PING All-District teams or finish in the top 15 at the NCAA Championships.
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