WINTER PARK, Fla. — Florida Southern College student and Mount Vernon graduate Tim Crouch added to his mounting list of accolades Monday. The junior was named Sunshine State Conference Male Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 school year.
Crouch was chosen in a vote conducted among athletic directors, senior women’s administrators, sports information directors and faculty athletic representatives from all nine of the SSC’s member institutions. They were not allowed to vote for their own students.
Crouch won the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Individual National Championship in Hershey, Pa. last month. At the three-day event, Crouch shot a two-under-par 211 to finish tied for first with Western Washington’s Jake Webb and South Carolina-Aiken’s Matt Akins after 54 holes of play. Crouch clinched the individual championship on the second playoff hole.
Crouch’s performance helped the Mocs earn the No. 1 seed in the match play portion of the event. FSC then lost in the quarterfinals to No. 8 seed Western Washington on a cumulative score tiebreaker as each team won two matches and tied the other match.
This past season, Crouch led the Mocs with a 71.97 scoring average in 29 rounds and 10 tournaments. He won three tournaments and had three other Top 10 finishes. Crouch was FSC’s top finisher in his final two events of the season as he tied for eighth as the NCAA D-II South/Southeast Super Regional and then finished first at the NCAA D-II National Championships.
Crouch was earlier named a First-Team PING All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of the America and also earned First-Team All-South Region honors and was named a First-Team All-SSC selection. In addition, he was also named an SSC Golfer of the Week on two different occasions.
Crouch is also a two-time and soon to be three-time member of the SSC Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
At Mount Vernon High School, Crouch was named Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year as a junior, then earned OCC First Team honors his senior year.