Former LaGrange golfer Cory Howard was presented the USA South's Don Scalf Award in a ceremony Saturday in Mariotti Gym, prior to the women's basketball game.
Conference commissioner Rita Wiggs made the presentation to Howard. A reception was held earlier for Howard, who graduated last spring, leaving as one of LaGrange's best golfers ever.
The USA South Athletic Conference presents its most prestigious awards by honoring one male and one female as the Student-Athletes of the Year. These student-athletes are recognized as recipients of the Don Scalf Award. Howard is the first LaGrange athlete to receive the award.
To be eligible for the Don Scalf Award a student-athlete must be either a junior or senior, have participated in a USA South sport earning at least All-Conference recognition and have a minimum 3.00 GPA. The athletic directors vote for the award winner each spring at the conclusion of all Conference schedules.
This award is named in honor of Don Scalf, whose commitment to the student-athlete, guardianship of the value of academic achievement and devotion to the principles of Division III athletics set a standard that holds steadfast in the Conference today. He taught for 36 years and coached for 18 at N.C. Wesleyan College. He also served as Athletic Director at N.C. Wesleyan for six years. During his coaching career, his teams won Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball and golf championships. In addition, he was a founding father of the DIAC in 1963 and served as its Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years.
Howard concluded his collegiate career this spring as he helped lead the Panthers to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championship, the program's best-ever finish.
During his time at LaGrange, Howard was a three-time All-American, a three-time All-South Region honoree, a four-time All-Conference performer, a three-time USA South All-Tournament team member and a two-time USA South Tournament Medalist.
Additionally, Howard was the 2012 Great South Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and the 2015 USA South Player of the Year. He currently holds the LaGrange record for career tournament wins with six.
Off the course, Howard compiled a 3.20 grade point average while majoring in accounting. He was a two-time NCAA Division III Men's Golf All-American Scholar and a two-time USA South All-Academic All-Conference honoree.