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Golf Team Honored for Perfect APR Score

April 25, 2008

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech golf program was recognized for achieving a perfect score in the latest Academic Progress Rate data released Thursday by the NCAA. It is the second straight year the Yellow Jackets have achieved a perfect score.

The latest NCAA data is a multiyear rate based on an average of the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years. Thursday’s release recognizes the top academically performing teams with APR scores in the top 10 percent within their sport. Complete data for all sports programs will be released by the NCAA next week.

Tech’s golf program, which is consistently ranked in the nation’s top 10 and has been to the NCAA Championship 10 consecutive years, is perfect in its APR score for the second straight year. All of the Yellow Jackets’ senior players covered during the period covered by the current APR report have graduated the same year in which their athletic eligibility was up, including Roberto Castro, Kevin Larsen, Mike Barbosa, Thomas Jordan, Nicholas Thompson, and Chan Song.

“We congratulate coach Bruce Heppler and all the student-athletes in our men’s golf program on a tremendous accomplishment,” said Tech Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. “They define what college athletics is all about, tremendous success in the classroom and on the golf course.”

Under the APR formula, each scholarship student-athlete is scored each semester, receiving one point for remaining academically eligible and one point for being retained. One point is deducted for each student-athlete who is not academically eligible, and one point is deducted for each student-athlete who leaves school due to academic status or transfer to another institution. The NCAA has established a a score of 925 (out of 1000) as acceptable for each sport.

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