Tech’s Swash, Henson earn all-state honors

James Swash earned second team all-state honors for the Bulldogs (photo courtesy of LA Tech Athletics)

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech’s James Swash and Thomas Henson picked up postseason honors Monday as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) announced its men’s golf awards.

The men’s team consisted of 10 total players with Swash being voted Second Team All-Louisiana. Meanwhile, Henson was named Louisiana Newcomer of the Year.

Swash became just the third Bulldog in program history to qualify for NCAA Regionals as an individual, receiving the automatic berth after becoming the Conference USA Individual medalist at the Texarkana Country Club.

The fifth-year senior, who was also a First Team All-Conference USA and CUSA All-Tournament Team selection, had a team-best 73.03 stroke average for the 2022-23 season (11 tournaments, 33 rounds) while shooting at or under par in 11 rounds with two bogey-free rounds.

Along with becoming the first individual medalist at LA Tech since 1980, he tied for eighth at the Border Olympics and tied for 21st at the NCAA Norman Regional, shooting -4 for the second highest ever finish by a Bulldog at an NCAA Regional.

Henson registered the second-best stroke average on the team at 74.30 while playing in all 11 regular season events in his first season as a Bulldog. He had four top-20 finishes, including a tie for 12th at the Daniel Island Intercollegiate for his best result.

The junior shot at or under par in 11 rounds and was the top Bulldog finisher in five events. He also won the head-to-head matchup on the 19th hole in match play versus Middle Tennessee to send LA Tech into the finals of the CUSA Championship.

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2023 LSWA Men’s College Golf Teams
First Team
Drew Doyle, LSU
Garrett Barber, LSU
Charlie Forster, Southeastern
Luke Haskew, LSU
Malan Potgieter, UL-Lafayette

Second Team
Melan Dhaubhadel, ULM
Ryan Fulton, New Orleans
Eli Ortego, UL-Lafayette
James Swash, Louisiana Tech
Otto Van Buynder, ULM

Player of the Year – Drew Doyle, LSU
Freshman of the Year – Malan Potgieter, UL-Lafayette
Newcomer of the Year – Thomas Henson, Louisiana Tech
Coach of the Year – Theo Sliman, UL-Lafayette