Peccie Selected as VaSID Player of the Year

Brian Peccie ’20
Brian Peccie ’20

ASHLAND, Va. — The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2018 College Division All-State Men's Golf teams on Friday, and Washington and Lee sophomore Brian Peccie (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) was named the Player of the Year to lead the Generals' honorees.

Along with the Player of the Year accolade, Peccie was named to the first team, and was joined on that team by sophomore Sean Puleo (Albany, N.Y./Albany Academy) and senior Luke Farley (Durham, N.C./Trinity School). Head Coach Pete Gyscek was named the Coach of the Year.

At the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship in Greensboro on May 18, Peccie finished the tournament with a 71-69-69-76—285 (-3), tying for first with Logan Young of Concordia (Texas). Peccie then seized the individual title on a third playoff hole, claiming W&L's first-ever title in the sport of golf.

Peccie earned First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-South and First Team All-America laurels during the 2018 season. He was named the ODAC Player of the Year, and he received the Division III Arnold Palmer Award as the National Champion.

Golfstat ranked Peccie as the top golfer in Division III, and he finished the season with a 72.55 stroke average across 20 rounds. He also earned First Team All-State laurels last season.

Farley, ranked 72nd by Golfstat, registered a 74.80 scoring average over 20 rounds during 2018. He garnered Second Team All-ODAC accolades and was named the men's golf ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was also a Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-America award winner and was a GCAA All-America Scholar honoree.

At the ODAC Championship, Farley tied for 10th with a 74-70-80—224 (+8), and then went on to finish in a tie for 47th at the NCAA Championship at 76-76-74-73—299 (+11).

Puleo, ranked 49th by Golfstat, recorded a scoring average of 74.05 over 20 rounds this season. He earned First Team All-ODAC honors after finishing fourth at the conference championship with a +1 score of 74-71-72—217. He then shot a 73-72-79-75–299 (+11) at the NCAA Championship to tie for 47th. He was also recognized on the GCAA All-South Region team.

Coach Gyscek was named the Coach of the Year after he led the Generals to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship. W&L completed the event with a 292-289-292-297—1170 (+18) to produce the highest finish in program history. The prior best had been in 2016 when W&L tied for third overall.

The Generals finished in the Top 8 of all but one of the team's competitions this year and in the Top 5 five times. Gyscek, who wrapped up his seventh season in Lexington, placed three Generals on All-ODAC teams, two on the PING Division III All-South Region teams and one player on the PING Division III All-American squad in 2018 alone.

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