(FAYETTEVILLE, NC) - Each year the USA South Athletic Conference presents its most prestigious awards by honoring one male and one female as the Student-Athletes of the Year. These student-athletes are recognized as recipients of the Don Scalf Award. The 2016 winners are Maryville College women's basketball player Mackenzie Puckett and Huntingdon College golfer Addison Lambeth. Each are the first to earn Scalf Awards for their respective institutions.
To be eligible for the Don Scalf Award a student-athlete must be either a junior or senior, have participated in a USA South sport earning at least All-Conference recognition and have a minimum 3.00 GPA. The athletic directors vote for the award winner each spring at the conclusion of all Conference schedules.
This award is named in honor of Don Scalf, whose commitment to the student-athlete, guardianship of the value of academic achievement and devotion to the principles of Division III athletics set a standard that holds steadfast in the Conference today. He taught for 36 years and coached for 18 at N.C. Wesleyan College. He also served as Athletic Director at N.C. Wesleyan for six years. During his coaching career his teams won Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball and golf championships. In addition, he was a founding father of the DIAC in 1963 and served as its Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years.
Mackenzie Puckett - Maryville College
Puckett, a guard on the Scot women's basketball team, concluded her collegiate career this past winter when she was named All-American and All-Region for the third time. She is a four-time USA South All-Conference Team member, a two-time League Player of the Year and the 2013 Conference Rookie of the Year. Puckett led her team to four Conference Regular Season Championships and to the 2016 Tournament title where she was named the event's Most Valuable Player. She is a three-time Maryville College Female Athlete of the Year and received the College's J.D. Davis Award which seeks to honor senior student-athletes who exhibit leadership, athletic ability, Christian values and academic achievement. Academically, Puckett graduated with a degree in Elementary Education sporting a 3.77 GPA and was a four-time USA South All-Academic Team honoree as well as a 2015 Academic All-District award recipient. Off campus, Puckett volunteered for various causes including the Kay Yow Play for Kay Day, the Area 15 Special Olympics and Reading Day at Sam Houston Elementary School.
Addison Lambeth - Huntingdon College
Lambeth concluded his junior year this spring as he helped lead the Hawks to a second place performance at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championship, the program's best-ever finish. Individually, Lambeth finished tied for second at the National Championship, tying the best finish by a Hawk at the national tournament in program history. In just his first season on campus, Lambeth earned All-American, All-Region and All-Conference honors. Additionally, Lambeth was named the 2016 Jack Nicklaus National Division III Player of the Year. Academically, Lambeth currently holds a 3.80 GPA while majoring in Business. He was named to the Dean's List and is a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American scholar. Prior to arriving at Huntingdon, Lambeth spent five years in the United States Marine Corps with part of that time serving as a member of the President's security detail. He was honorably discharged in July of 2015.
To view past Don Scalf Award winners, click HERE.