Rainey Earns Spot On Division I PING All-America Teams
FORMBY, England – College of Charleston rising senior William Rainey (Charlotte, N.C.) earned a spot on the Division I PING All-America Teams as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Thursday.
Rainey was one of 31 golfers named honorable mention All-America becoming only the second men’s golfer in school history to be named to the Division I PING All-America Teams next to Jedd McLuen (honorable mention) in 2001.
Last month, he was named to the Division I PING All-Region Team joining a short list of former Cougar greats to earn such recognition in Zach Munroe (2014) and Bruce McDonald (2003).
“I am very happy that William was named an All-American,” CofC Head Coach Mark McEntire said. “He had a great year and it is nice that his hard work was recognized.”
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, garnering CAA All-Academic Team honors and being a recipient of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award.