NMJC's Lefèvre named recipient of 2023 Jack Nicklaus Award

NMJC's Lefèvre named recipient of 2023 Jack Nicklaus Award

Matthis Lefèvre of New Mexico Junior College, Ludvig Åberg of Texas Tech, Charles DeLong of Grand Valley State, Alex Price of Christopher Newport, Easton Johnson of The Master's have been named the 2023 Jack Nicklaus Award presented by Workday recipients. The Nicklaus Award recognizes the national player of the year at the Division I, II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA levels. 

"I have been incredibly proud to have my name associated with this prestigious award since 1988, and to help the Golf Coaches Association of America celebrate the finest players in the college game," Jack Nicklaus said. "We are also honored that Workday has joined our mission to honor these players and put an emphasis on developing the next generation of great talent." 

"If you look at the résumés of these five players, they have consistently excelled at the highest level this season and have proudly represented their schools." 

Division I: Åberg, who clinched the No. 1 spot in the final PGA TOUR University rankings, finished in the top eight in nine tournaments this season and won four times, including his second-straight Big 12 Championship and the 2023 NCAA Norman Regional. The senior from Eslov, Sweden is Texas Tech's all-time leader in career wins (eight) and became just the second golfer to win the Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank multiple times, joining current World No. 1 and former Nicklaus Award recipient Jon Rahm. Åberg will earn PGA TOUR membership in 2023 and 2024 and be eligible to make his pro debut at the RBC Canadian Open (June 8-11). 

Division II: DeLong won a program-record seven tournaments this season en route to PING First-Team All-America, PING All-Midwest Region, and his second consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year honors. The redshirt sophomore from DeWitt, Mich., who is also the program's all-time leader in individual wins (13), led NCAA Division II in adjusted scoring average (69.70) and recorded 30 rounds of par or better and 16 rounds in the 60s for Grand Valley State.   

Division III: Price carded eight top-five finishes in nine tournaments this season with three wins and two runner-up finishes, including T2 at the 2023 NCAA Division III National Championship. In the season's 26 rounds, the senior from Hillsboro, Va., was at par or better in 21 of them. Price became the first golfer in Christopher Newport history to be named All-American four times and to the first team twice while topping his own single-season school record for lowest scoring average by almost three strokes (69.96).  

NAIA: Johnson finished in the top 11 in all 11 tournaments this season and won the 2023 NAIA Men's Golf Individual National Championship in the second playoff hole for his first collegiate victory. The freshman from Kansas City, Mo., earned the 2023 NAIA Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award presented by StrackaLine and PING First-Team All-America, PING All-West Region, First-Team All-Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), and GSAC Freshman of the Year honors.  

NJCAA: Lefèvre, the top-ranked player in NJCAA Division I, finished no worse than ninth in all 12 tournaments this season, winning four times. The sophomore from Hossegor, France, who owns the program record for career wins (nine), carded 16 rounds in the 60s en route to PING First-Team All-America, PING All-South Central District, and Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Player of the Year honors. Lefèvre will continue his collegiate golf career at TCU next season.  

Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at Ohio State, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988. The award is now presented to the national player of the year in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, as well as NAIA and NJCAA.


Previous Recipients 


Chris Gotterup, Oklahoma Division I 

AJ Ewart, Barry Division II 

Will Hocker, Webster Division III 

Jakob Stavang Stubhaug, Keiser NAIA 

Cecil Belisle, South Mountain NJCAA 


John Pak, Florida State Division I 

Andrew Beckler, Washburn Division II 

James Mishoe, Guilford Division III 

Ruan Pretorius, Point NAIA 

Ben Partridge, Hutchinson NJCAA 


Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine Division I 

Zach Zediker, Delta State Division II 

Rob Wuethrich, Illinois Wesleyan Division III 

Ben Rebne, Dalton State NAIA 

Jon Hopkins, Mississippi Gulf Coast NJCAA 


Matthew Wolff, Oklahoma State Division I 

Jorge Garcia, Barry Division II 

Josh Gibson, Hope Division III 

Mark David Johnson, Coastal Georgia NAIA 

Callum Bruce, Midland College NJCAA 


Norman Xiong, Oregon Division I 

John VanDerLaan, Florida Southern Division II 

Josh Gibson, Hope Division III 

SM Lee, Dalton State NAIA 

Callum Bruce, Midland College NJCAA 


Sam Burns, LSU Division I 

Chandler Blanchet, West Florida Division II 

Logan Lanier, LaGrange Division III 

SM Lee, Dalton State NAIA 

Marco Maldonado, Tyler JC NJCAA 


Jon Rahm, Arizona State Division I 

John Coultas, Florida Southern Division II 

Addison Lambeth, Huntingdon Division III 

Peter French, Johnson & Wales (FL) NAIA 

Kerry Sweeney, Eastern Florida State NJCAA 


Maverick McNealy, Stanford Division I 

Santiago Gomez, Nova Southeastern Division II 

Anthony Maccaglia, Oglethorpe Division III 

Sean Elliott, Dalton State NAIA 

Kerry Sweeney, Eastern Florida State NJCAA 


Patrick Rodgers, Stanford Division I 

Adam Svensson, Barry Division II 

Bobby Holden, Redlands Division III 

James Marchesani, Oklahoma City NAIA 

Tim Walker, Central Alabama NJCAA 


Michael Kim, California Division I 

Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian Division II 

Brad Shigezawa, Claremont McKenna Division III 

Sondre Ronold, Oklahoma City NAIA 

Jake Argento, South Mountain NJCAA 


Justin Thomas, Alabama Division I 

Ben Taylor, Nova Southeastern Division II 

Noah Ratner, Guilford Division III 

Nathan Anderson, Texas Wesleyan NAIA 

Jimmy Kozikowski, South Mountain NJCAA 


Patrick Cantlay, UCLA Division I 

Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian Division II 

Chris Morris, Centre College Division III 

Oscar Stark, Oklahoma Christian NAIA 

Brandt Garon, Meridian CC NJCAA 


Eugune Wong, Oregon Division I 

Brett Munson, North Alabama Division II 

Tain Lee, Claremont McKenna Division III 

Justin Lower, Malone NAIA 

Abraham Ancer, Odessa College NJCAA 


Matt Hill, NC State Division I 

Brent Witcher, Valdosta State Division II 

Mitchell Fedorka, La Verne Division III 

Sam Cyr, Point Loma Nazarene NAIA 


Kevin Chappell, UCLA Division I 

Jarin Todd, Sonoma State Division II 

Scott Harris Jr., St. John Fisher Division III 

Sam Cyr, Point Loma Nazarene NAIA 


Jamie Lovemark, Southern California Divison I 

Jarin Todd, Sonoma State Divison II 

Andy Miller, Otterbein Division III 

Daniel Mitchell, Oklahoma City NAIA 


Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State Division I 

Scott Brown, USC-Aiken Division II 

Stephen Goodridge, Rochester Division III 



Ryan Moore, UNLV Division I 

Dane Burkhart, USC-Aiken Division II 

Pete Weber, Loras Division III 


Bill Haas, Wake Forest Division I 

J.J. Jakovac, Chico State Division II 

Trent Erb, Oglethorpe Division III 


Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State Division I 

Andrew McArthur, Pfeiffer Division II 

Ryan Quinn, Wisconsin-Eau Claire Division III 


D.J. Trahan, Clemson 


Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech 


Charles Howell III, Oklahoma State 


Luke Donald, Northwestern 


Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech 


Brad Elder, Texas 


Tiger Woods, Stanford 


Stewart Cink, Georgia Tech 


Alan Bratton, Oklahoma State 

Justin Leonard, Texas 


David Duval, Georgia Tech 


Phil Mickelson, Arizona State 


Phil Mickelson, Arizona State 


Phil Mickelson, Arizona State 


Robert Gamez, Arizona 


Bob Estes, Texas 


Multiple Recipients 

Callum Bruce, Midland College (2018-19) 

Alex Carpenter, Abilene Christian (2011, '13) 

Josh Gibson, Hope (2018-19) 

Sam Cyr, Point Loma Nazarene (2008-09) 

SM Lee, Dalton State (2017-18) 

Phil Mickelson, Arizona State (1990-92) 

Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech (1998, '01) 

Kerry Sweeney, Eastern Florida State (2015-16) 

Jarin Todd, Sonoma State (2007-08) 


Recipients by School 

Abilene Christian (2) 

Alabama (1) 

Arizona (1) 

Arizona State (4) 

Barry (3) 

California (1) 

Central Alabama (1) 

Centre College (1) 

Chico State (1) 

Christopher Newport (1) 

Claremont McKenna (2) 

Clemson (1) 

Coastal Georgia (1) 

Dalton State (4) 

Delta State (1) 

Eastern Florida State (2) 

Florida State (1) 

Florida Southern (2) 

Georgia Tech (4) 

Grand Valley State (1) 

Guilford (2) 

Hope (2) 

Huntingdon (1) 

Hutchinson (1) 

Illinois Wesleyan (1) 

Johnson & Wales (1) 

Keiser (1) 

La Verne (1) 

Loras (1) 

LSU (1) 

Malone (1) 

NC State (1) 

Meridian CC (1) 

Midland College (2) 

Mississippi Gulf Coast (1) 

North Alabama (1) 

Northwestern (1) 

Nova Southeastern (2) 

Odessa College (1) 

Oglethorpe (2) 

Oklahoma (1) 

Oklahoma Christian (1) 

Oklahoma City (3) 

Oklahoma State (5) 

Oregon (2) 

Otterbein (1) 

Pepperdine (1) 

Point University (1) 

Point Loma Nazarene (2) 

Pfeiffer (1) 

Redlands (1) 

Rochester (1) 

St. John Fisher (1) 

Sonoma State (2) 

South Mountain CC (3) 

Southern California (1) 

Stanford (3) 

Texas (3) 

Texas Wesleyan (1) 

The Master's (1) 

Tyler JC (1) 

UCLA (2) 

UNLV (1) 

USC-Aiken (2) 

Valdosta State (1) 

Wake Forest (1) 

Washburn (1) 

Webster (1) 

West Florida (1) 

Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1)