COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first reveal of the Ohio Dominican Men's Golf All-Decade team honors three recent Panther student-athletes.
After 800-plus responses, Ben Herman (2018-present), Robert Holden (2018-19) and Drew Wayman (2015-19) are the first three members announced to the all-decade squad. Three more former Panther golfers selected in the top six of the fan vote will be added to the team next week.
All three golfers announced were part of the 2018-19 team that holds the school record for the lowest team season scoring average, 301.63. The trio all participated on the 2018 ODU Kickoff Classic team for the Panthers, whose second round 291 is tied for the ninth-best 18-hole score in program history.
The pair of Herman and Holden have built on the momentum Wayman helped set, as the two current golfers were a part of the second and third best team rounds in school history over the past two seasons. ODU's opening round 286 (-2) at the 2020 Mt. Vernon Nazarene Fall Invitational is now the second lowest total all-time and first in the program's NCAA Division II era (began in 2010-11). The tournament at Chapel Hill GC is one of two team wins for the Black & Gold during the 2020-21 campaign.
Herman and Holden were also participants on the 2019 G-MAC Fall Invitational team for ODU that shot a second-round 288 (E). The round ranks third in the ODU record book and led the team to a third place finish in the event.
All three single rounds mentioned above were also apart of top six 36-hole aggregates in school history. The 2020 MVNU Fall Invite score of 579 tops the scores for the trio announced, ranking second all-time.
Herman, currently in his third season with the Panthers, has played in 22 events and 47.5 rounds. For his career, the Germantown, Ohio native has a 75.62 scoring average and has compiled a 1053-490 (.682) win-loss record. The 2019 GCAA Cleveland Scholar All-American has six career sub-par rounds, which is tied with Holden for the third most in school history.
Herman has five career top-five finishes, including a third place finish at the 2019 Ohio Cup. At the event, the then sophomore shot a second round 69, which ranks sixth on ODU's Division II record list. Adding an opening round 72, Herman's 2019 Ohio Cup total of 141 ties a career-best 36-hole aggregate, which he also scored at the 2020 MVNU Fall Invite.
Holden has matched Herman in career events and rounds played with 22 and 47.5, respectively. The international golfer, coming to Columbus from Letchworth Garden City, England, is among the top 10 all-time for scoring seasons in each of his three years on campus. His current campaign in 2020-21 would set the new school record, as he is at 73.00 through four events and nine rounds. With season averages under 76.0 in 2018-19 and 2019-20, Holden's career mark of 74.8 is third all-time at ODU and 0.17 strokes off Danny Sorgini's record.
The junior has three sub-70 rounds in his career, which is the most of any golfer in ODU's Division II era. He is also among the program leaders in career top-five (6) and top-10 (9) finishes. A 2019 GCAA Cleveland Scholar All-American, Holden has won the ODU Golfer of the Year award in both of his first two full seasons on campus.
Holden won the 2019 G-MAC Fall Invitational, one of his two career tournament medalist awards, which is where he recorded his career-low round of 66 (-6). The 18-hole score is now the second best in the program's Division II history and fourth all-time. For the 36-hole event, Holden's 138 is also second all-time.
Holden posted two sub-70 rounds in the fall of 2020, and won the Cedarville Fall Invitational with a score of 142.
Wayman left Ohio Dominican as one of the most experienced golfers in program history, appearing in 34 tournaments and 77 career rounds. His round participation ranks sixth in the school's record books. For his career, Wayman posted a 77.74 scoring average, which sits 12th on the all-time Panther list.
The Wapakoneta, Ohio native earned GCAA Cleveland Scholar All-America honors in 2018. Wayman's time at ODU also saw him win the program's Golfer of the Year award in 2017-18 and the Tee-to-Green award in 2018-19.
Wayman's best statistical season came in 2017-18, where he led the team with a scoring average of 77.38. That season also saw him record two of his three career top-five finishes. Over four years, Wayman posted three top-five's, nine top-10's and 14 top-20's. Wayman closed his collegiate career with his best season scoring average, 76.2, in 2018-19.