June 12, 2008
Norman, OK - Saint Mary's senior Mike McRae and Pepperdine freshman Andrew Putnam were named honorable mention Ping All-Americans by the Golf Coaches Association of America. McRae becomes the first SMC golfer to earn national recognition, while Putnam is the first Wave honoree since 2006.
Putnam wrapped up his freshman campaign with a 73.07 scoring average in 27 rounds of competition. Putnam burst onto the scene in his first two tournaments, notching a second place finish at the Club Glove Intercollegiate and a tie for third place at the Turtle Bay Intercollegiate. Putnam's shot a final round of 63 at the Turtle Bay, which tied a school record for the lowest round in Pepperdine history. For the year, Putnam notched four top-10 finishes and seven top 20 finishes.
Putnam was eligible to be named a PING All-American after being selected to the All-Region Pacific Team last week. Putnam becomes the first Wave to be named an All-American since Alex Coe in 2006, who was also an honorable mention pick.
McRae finished his senior season with a 72.5 stroke average and finished the season ranked 112 by Golfstat.com. During his senior season, McRae played in a school record 39 rounds and posted a team-leading stroke average of 72.5 following the school's first ever appearance in the NCAA Championships.
In 13 tournaments, McRae posted eight top-10 finishes, which included six finishes in the top five. He had a season-low round of 65, in the first round of the Alister Mackinzie Invitational, when he tied a school record with a tournament score of 205 (-8).