MACON, Ga. - Mercer men's golfer James Beale picked up his third career Atlantic Sun Golfer of the Week honor on Wednesday after leading the Bears to a third place finish in the AutoTrader Classic in Duluth, Georgia.
At the AutoTrader Classic, Beale tied for eighth place with a three-round total of 216. His efforts outpaced 80 other competitors, including nine participants ranked among the top 100 Division I players by GolfStat.com.
"It's obviously an honor to be recognized by the conference," Mercer head coach Steve Bradley said. "James has come a long way. He played very well at the end of the year last year and this fall he's come in and gotten reset to where his game is in a good spot."
Beale's showing at the AutoTrader Classic featured scores of 70, 74 and 72, marking his second-straight and sixth career top 10 finish. This fall, he has placed in the top 20 individuals in three of Mercer four's events.
Although Mercer's fall season is over, Beale must keep his competitive juices flowing as he looks to represent his home country of New Zealand in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Amateur in Chonburi Bay, Hong Kong on November 1-4. The winner of that event earns an invitation to the 2013 Masters.
"He's working hard to represent Mercer on an international level," Bradley said. "As for this award, it's a neat honor and hopefully we'll see many more of them when we get back as a team in the spring."
The Bears have now compiled three-straight top 10 finishes as a squad, placing tied for fifth in the Ram Masters Invitational on Sept. 18, sixth in the Brickyard Collegiate on Oct. 7 and third in the AutoTrader Classic.