ALL-USA High School Boys Golf Team
The team was selected by Chris Langrill, golf correspondent for USA TODAY High School Sports, with help from national golf associations, state associations and media throughout the country.
COACH OF THE YEAR
George Bitner, Spring Lake, Mich.
Bitner enjoyed his 50th year of coaching high school golf in Michigan. In the 46 years that he's been the coach of the boys and girls golf teams, he's endured just one losing season. He has more than 1,000 career victories.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Scottie Scheffler, Highland Park (Dallas), senior
After playing in the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Classic, a high school tournament might seem like small beans to many golfers.
Not Scottie Scheffler.
“I knew that no matter what I was going to play high school golf all four years,” Scheffler said.
The Texas commit won the Class 4A state tournament in April by a six-stroke margin. It was his third championship in a row.
Scheffler is ranked No. 1 by the American Junior Golf Association and No. 5 by the World Amateur Golf Ranking system. Many young, elite golfers choose to take high school golf off of their schedules so they can concentrate on school and national-level tournaments.
But Scheffler continued to play for his high school, in large part because he enjoyed being part of a team.
“The team part is fun for me,” said Scheffler, who also played basketball. “It's fun being with the guys, and we all have one common goal.”
Scheffler's mother, Diane, said she watched her son's leadership skills grow as he served as the high school's team captain for three of his four years.
“Golf is an individual sport, but he enjoys playing with a team,” she said. “He enjoyed playing in the Junior Ryder Cup in 2012 and in the World Junior Cup in 2013. … He enjoyed playing on his high school basketball team, too.”
If his PGA debut is an indication of the future, however, some individual accolades await him. Scheffler made a hole in one on his way to finishing in 22nd place at the Byron Nelson Classic in May. He would have earned more than $60,000 if he wasn't playing as an amateur.
So, in a course of a few weeks Scheffler won a high school state tournament and played a PGA event.
Not a bad way to close out your senior year of high school.
“They were both pretty cool,” Scheffler said.
Brad Dalke, Hobart (Okla.), sophomore
Dalke, who committed to Oklahoma as a 12-year-old, won the state 2A championship. He is ranked No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings and is No. 5 in the AJGA rankings.
Sam Horsfield, Ridge Community (Davenport, Fla.), junior
The University of Florida commit won the 3A state championship. Horsfield, who was born in England, is ranked No. 22 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking system and No. 22 in the AJGA rankings.
Justin Suh, Evergreen Valley (San Jose, Calif.), junior
Suh, ranked No. 17 by Golfweek, won California's state championship June 4. Suh, who committed to USC as a freshman, earlier won the Central Coast Section golf championship.
Cameron Young, Fordham Preparatory (New York City), junior
The Wake Forest commit is considered USA's top male golfer in the 2015 class. Young won New York's Catholic state tournament. He is ranked No. 3 by Golfweek and No. 4 by the AJGA.
Sam Burns, Calvary Baptist (Shreveport, La.), junior
The LSU commit won Louisiana's Division III state title by eight strokes. It was the second straight state championship for Burns, who is ranked No. 10 by the AJGA and No. 12 by Golfweek.
Taylor Funk, Ponte Vedra (Fla.), junior
Funk won the Class 2A state title by three strokes while leading his team to its first state championship. He is ranked No. 26 by Golfweek.
Keenan Huskey, Greenville (S.C.), senior
The University of South Carolina commit won his second straight Class AAA state championship in May. He is No. 25 in the Golfweek rankings.
Matthew Perrine, Westlake (Austin, Texas), senior
The Auburn commit won Texas' Class 5A state championship by a four-stroke margin, leading his team to a seventh straight title.
Austin Truslow, Lake Mary Prep (Fla.), senior
Truslow, ranked No. 3 by the AJGA, finished in a tie for second place with teammate Anton Serafini as Lake Mary Prep won the Class 1A team title.