Former Sumter High School golfer Evans Lewis may have had his season - along with every other collegiate golfer throughout the country - cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he certainly made the most of it.
Lewis, who is a sophomore at …
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Lewis, who is a sophomore at North Greenville University has been named to the 2020 NCAA Division II PING All-America second team. The three teams, which had nine players on each team, were announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Lewis was pleased to receive the honor but was not surprised due to national rankings.
"If you looked at the rankings, I was ranked 20th so you had to think that it might happen," Lewis said. "So even though I'm not surprised, it means a lot to be named All-America."
Lewis became the first Crusader golfer to be selected to one of the three All-America teams.
Lewis was the top golfer for North Greenville in six of its seven events for the 2019-20 season. NGU was going for its third straight Conference Carolinas title before the season was shut down to the coronavirus.
Lewis claimed individual medalist honors in the Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate in St. Augustine, Florida. Lewis shot a 2 under par 214 to win the tournament.
In 17 rounds of golf, Lewis averaged an even score of 71 per 18 holes. He finished 11 under par for the season.
Lewis said he hated to have the season shut down.
"It was the main part of season coming up with conference, regional nationals, and I was really excited about that," he said. "That goes for everybody throughout the nation, every sport though. Every athlete feels that way."
Lewis had taken a stroke off of his average before the season was shut down. He said that came about by his approach to the game.
"Golf is all mental. It's just a mindset," he said. "It's not necessarily hitting smarter shots; it's not making stupid mistakes. It's just knowing you're good enough to go out there and play well."
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