Rainey Honored On Division I PING All-Region Team
EUGENE, Ore. – College of Charleston junior William Rainey (Charlotte, N.C.) was one of 156 college golfers across six regions to be honored on the Division I PING All-Region Team as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
Rainey was among 25 players selected out of the East Region and becomes the third Cougar in program history to earn all-region honors next to Zach Munroe in 2014 and Bruce McDonald in 2003.
The 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships individual finalist was selected to the 2016 All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team owning a team-best 71.69 stroke average in nine starts of the season – the second-best single-season scoring average in the CofC record books.
He was named CAA Men’s Golfer of the Week twice and ranked as high as No. 60 nationally this season. Rainey won two tournaments being crowned the 2016 CAA Individual champion – the fifth all-time player in school history to win a conference individual title. He was named Most Outstanding Player and is tied for first all-time in single-season tournament wins (2) with former CofC greats Jack Boeckx (1996-97) and Bruce McDonald (2002-03).
Rainey has been a member of and starter on three CAA Championship and NCAA Regionals-qualifying teams. This season, he advanced to nationals as the low individual at the 2016 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional with rounds of 71, 70 and 68 to finish at 7-under par for the tournament becoming the first player in school history to move on to nationals as an individual.
The 2015 U.S. Amateur qualifier was also superb in the classroom compiling a 3.250 term grade-point average in sociology at The College and garnering a spot on the CAA All-Academic Team.