Van Essen has been a leader on the team and recorded the most tournament rounds for the Hilltoppers. See the full story and photos at this link.
In his second season for the Hilltoppers, Van Essen is compiling quite a record of golfing accomplishments. Shown below is a summary of Van Essen’s play and honors received as reported on the St. Edwards
- Honorable mention All-America (2013-14)
- Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year (2013-14)
- Second-team all-Heartland Conference (2013-14)
- Heartland Conference Golfer of the Week (2013-14(1))
- GolfStat National Ranking of 124th (2013-14)
- Heartland Conference President’s Honor Roll (2013-14)
- Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
Freshman (2013-14): Competed in 34 rounds…registered an average score of 73.3…recorded a low-round score of 65 at the Macdonald Cup…compiled a win-loss record of 729-320…shot the lowest round of the first two rounds at the NCAA National Tournament, firing a three-under par, 68 in round two…finished the National Tournament tied for fifth place, which was the best individual finish in school history.
Prep: Lettered four years at Lake Travis High School…made back-to-back appearances on the all-state, all-region, and all-district team in 2011 and 2012…helped his team win back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012…was the 2011 and 2012 Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT) Barton Creek-Holiday Classic champion…finished fourth at the state tournament in 2011 and 2012…had one top-10 finish and three top-20 finishes in 2012 with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA)…shot a low round of 66 at Live Oak Golf Course and Lyons Municipal.
Personal: Dillon Jeffrey Van Essen was born on May 31, 1995…son of Jeffery and Barbara Van Essen of Austin, Texas…has three siblings Dane (22), Christina (17), and Carey (11)…plans to study accounting at St. Edward’s with hopes of becoming a PGA professional or a chief financial officer (CFO) of a major corporation…his hobbies include playing tennis, Ping-Pong, bowling, and poker…also enjoys boating and playing video games…his biggest athletic thrill was winning consecutive golf state championships. golf team website.