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Four UNC men's golfers named GCAA All-Americans

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Then UNC sophomore David Ford hits the ball during the 2023 ACC Men's Golf Championship at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, N.C., on April 21, 2023. Photo Courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ.

The Golf Coaches Association of America named four UNC players to the All-American teams — one to the first team and three to the third team — on Tuesday. This is the first time since 1976 that an ACC team has had four players named to the All-American team.

Sophomore David Ford was awarded first-team honors, with fifth-year Ryan Burnett and seniors Austin Greaser and Dylan Menante earning third-team honors.

UNC finished tied for third in the NCAA Championship after coming in first during stroke play. Throughout the season, the Tar Heels won five tournaments — matching a school high — while also setting a school record for average score per round. UNC ended the season as the No. 2 team in the nation, according to Golfstat.

Ford, who also earned ACC Player of the Year and was one of 11 golfers to be named to PING’s first team, was the only Tar Heel to be named to the first team. The Georgia native won the Stephens Cup, set the UNC single-season record for cumulative low score to 46 under par and was UNC’s career leader in stroke average.

Burnett — who placed seventh on the PGA University ranking — won two tournaments, including the NCAA Salem Regional. The fifth-year senior from California finished third in stroke average in UNC history with 71.33.

Greaser earned a third-team All-American selection after tying for 11th place in the NCAA regional and ACC championship. He is second in career scoring by a Tar Heel with an average of 71.21. 

Menante was the first Tar Heel to finish top 10 in the ACC Championship, NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship in a single season. The senior from California is 4-0 in match play across the season and won 14 of his 28 holes in match play in the NCAA Championship.

Greaser and Menante have both decided to return to UNC for their last year of eligibility to play next year. 

Ford and Greaser will travel to Laurel Valley Golf Club in Pennsylvania to represent the United States in the Palmer Cup, June 8-10.