Three Pirates Earn All-PBC Women's Golf Honors; Michael Butler Named Coach of the Year

Three Pirates Earn All-PBC Women's Golf Honors; Michael Butler Named Coach of the Year

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The Armstrong State University women's golf team placed three players on the 2016-17 Peach Belt All-Conference Team, while head coach Michael Butler was named the PBC Coach of the Year at the league's annual awards banquet on Thursday evening in St. Augustine, Fla.

Junior Sophie Bargeron was named to the first team, while junior Nikita Arjun and freshman Eva Martinez Calavia were named to the second team.

Bargeron led the Pirates in 2016-17 in stroke average, ranking third in the PBC with a 75.24 stroke average. She did not finish lower than 21st in any of her seven events this season and captured her first collegiate tournament on February 4-5, winning the Barton Invitational by two strokes with a four-over-par 148 total. Twice, the London, England, native earned PBC Golfer of the Week honors. This is her second straight year earning first-team All-PBC accolades.

Arjun, meanwhile, carded a 76.41 stroke average in seven events for the Pirates, ranking seventh in the Peach Belt. She fashioned three Top 10 finishes in her seven tournaments and was the PBC's Golfer of the Week on September 29th. This is the second straight year that the Bangalore, India, native has earned second-team All-Conference honors.

Martinez Calavia was one of the top freshman in the PBC this season, ranking 10th in the league with a 76.65 stroke average in seven events for the Pirates. The native of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, earned a Top 10 finish in her first collegiate tournament, finishing ninth at the Battle at Old South and she is currently the top-ranked freshman in Golfstat's DII head-to-head rankings at No. 61.

Butler earns the PBC Coach of the Year award on the women's side for the first time in his career. In his 17th and final season at Armstrong State, his Pirates have the opportunity to defend their 2016 PBC Championship after winning the Barton Invitational at Kiawah and finishing second at the Battle at Old South. Armstrong State is ranked #18 in the Golfstat Relative Rankings. Butler was also named the men's golf Coach of the Year, becoming the third coach to win both honors in the same season.

Click here for the complete 2016-17 All-Peach Belt Conference Women's Golf honors.

You can follow the action from the 2017 Peach Belt Conference Women's Golf Championships, which begin Friday morning, via Golfstat at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=10914.