Kania Adds Accolade to Bevy of Awards in Collegiate Career
Ellison, Kania and Tully are each winners in their respective sports
Kania Earns Another Award Following Outstanding Collegiate Career
Honor Caps an Outstanding Career for Seniors
Villanova senior student-athletes were honored at the Connelly Center on Thursday night
Awards: 2012-13 Villanova Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year... 2012-13 Philadelphia Inquirer Men's Golf Academic All-Area Performer of the Year... 2013 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar... 2013 Division I PING All-Region Team... 2013 All-BIG EAST Team... 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters Male Institutional Scholar-Athlete of the Year... Earned 2012 October BIG EAST Golf Player of the Month... Unanimous selection to the 2012 All-BIG EAST Team... 2012 Division I PING All-Region Team... 2012 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team.
Spring 2013: Led the team and finished tied for 2nd place overall at the Yale Spring Opener, carding rounds of 73-69--142 (+2)... Finished third on the team and tied for 13th place overall at the Wildcat Invitational with rounds of 77-73-78--228... Led the team and finished tied for 15th place at the Harmony Golf Preserve Intercollegiate, carding rounds of 74-72-79--225 (+9)... Carded the lowest round of a rare duel match with The College of Coastal Georgia, pacing the day with a 69... Finished second on the team and tied for 54th place overall at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate, carding rounds of 73-80-82--235... Concluded the season leading the team and finishing tied for 22nd place overall at the BIG EAST Championship with rounds of 76-72-73--221.
Fall 2012: Recorded his first individual championship of his career at the Lehigh Invitational, carding rounds of 68-75--143 (-1) and finishing first on the team and first overall... Finished tied for 2nd place overall and first on the team at the CHAMPS/Patriot Intercollegiate with rounds of 71-72-68--211 (-2)... Led the team tied for 19th at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate, posting rounds of 75-72-73--220 (+4) to begin the season... Tied for 3rd place overall at the Adams Cup of Newport and led the team carding rounds of 69-73-73--215 (+4)... Finished second on the team and tied for 15th place overall at the Big 5 Invitational with rounds of 78-75--153 (+13).
Spring 2012: Captured his first collegiate victory at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate, winning by six shots and firing off rounds of 69-68-73--210 (-3)... Led the team at the USF Invitational, finishing tied for 12th with rounds of 71-73-73--217 (+1)... Carded a 74-78--152 (+10) at the Navy Spring Invitational, finishing tied for 20th place... Placed tied for 47th at the Wildcat Invitational, posting rounds of 88-78-72--238 (+25)... Concluded the season at the BIG EAST Men's Golf Championship, finishing tied for 3rd place with rounds of 70-70-71--212 (-4).
Fall 2011: Had a team-best finish at the Big Five for the fall and tied the lowest score in a round with a 68 (-2)...Had one top-10 and one top-20 finish...Finished in a tie for 28th at The McLaughlin (Sept. 16-17) with a 74-72-70--216 (+6)...Tied for 23rd at the Adam's Cup (Sept. 19-20) with a 74-74-72--220 (+4)...Notched his first top-20 of the season in a tie for 19th after carding a 79-68-73--220 (+10)...Slid into the top-10 at the Big Five Invitational (Oct. 8-9) in a tie for 6th with an impressive 72-72--144 (+4)...Finished the fall season in a tie for 33rd at the Blackthorn Intercollegiate (Oct. 14-16) with a 72-75-78--225 (+9).
2010-11: Played in 10 events with a 75.43 scoring average... Had one top-10 and one top-20 finish for the year... Recorded his best finish and score of the fall at the Navy Fall Classic with a 73-74--147 (+5) and tied for 16th place... Fired a 73-72-72--217 (+7) at The McLaughlin which tied him for 38th... Carded a 72-76--148 (+8) and tie for 32nd place finish at the Big Five Invitational... Tied for 27th with a 77-74-76--227 (+11) at the Adams Cup... Rounded out the fall season with a 64th place finish and 82-78--160 (+16) at the Lincoln Mercury Invitational...Won one match and lost another at the spring Match Play event (Feb.11-12)...Shot a 77-75-79--231 (+15) to tie for 50th at the Wendy's Charleston Shootout (Feb.28-Mar.1)... Carded a 75-73-79--227 (+11) to tie for 66th at the USF Invitational (Mar.4-6)... Placed in a tie for 41st at the Wildcat Invitational (April 3-4) with an 83-73--156 (+14)... Had his best finish of the season at the BIG EAST Championships in a tie for 10th after firing a 73-73-76--222 (+9).
At University of Kentucky: Competed in three tournaments for Kentucky, averaging a 76.12... Named to the Athletic Director's Academic list... Academic All-SEC... Academic All-SEC Freshmen Team... Men's Golf Team Academic Achievement Award... Dean's List.
Summer 2009: Qualified for the 105th Philadelphia Open Championship with the top qualifying mark at the Penn Oaks Golf Club qualifier... Finished tied for 22nd place at the Open Championship with a 1-over-par 143 in the 36-hole tournament... Qualified as the No. 2 seed in the Philadelphia Amateur Championship... Finished 18th in the Pennsylvania Amateur Championship... Qualified for the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills with a 36-hole total of 141 at Glen Mills Golf Club and Concord Country Club... Competed in the 2009 U.S. Amateur Tournament.
Haverford School: Earned four varsity letters under coach Steve Cloran... Was the only player in history to win back-to-back Inter-Ac League Individual Championships... 2008 and 2009 First Team All- Delco Times... Has been ranked as high as No. 15 in the class of 2009 on Golfweek Rankings and No. 1 in Pennsylvania... 2007 and 2008 Pennsylvania Williamson Cup Team member... Finished fourth in the IJGT Tour Championship in 2008 ... Placed second in the Lessing's AJGA Classic and AJGA Fidelity Investments Junior Classic in 2007... Finished fourth in the 2008 IJGT Tour Championship... Also lettered in soccer and basketball.
Personal: Born December 14th, 1990 in Bryn Mawr, Pa... Parents are James and Joy Kania... Brother, James, played for the Kentucky golf team... Father, James Kania Sr., has had a successful golf career playing for the University of Delaware and the Golf Association of Philadelphia... Majoring in Communications.