Sept. 2, 2009
Norman, Okla. – Georgia Tech’s golf team, which included two seniors who were named All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America, is one of eleven teams given special recognition by the organization’s president for having cumulative team grade-point averages of 3.5 or better for the 2008-09 academic year.
East Tennessee State (Division I), St. Mary’s of Texas (Division II), Gustavus Adolphus (Division III), Savannah College of Art and Design (NAIA), McLennan CC (NJCAA DI) and Tyler JC (NJCAA DII) were named Academic National Champions for their respective divisions announced the GCAA. East Tennessee State posted the highest recorded team GPA with 3.78. A total of 82 teams submitted GPAs of 3.00 or higher and earned All-Academic Team recognition.
In addition to Tech, Belmont, Detroit Mercy, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Gustavus Adolphus, Ohio Dominican, Rice, SCAD, Seton Hall and St. Mary’s (Texas) were also accorded President’s Special Recognition status for earning team GPAs of 3.50 or better.
“When they announced this award, we really made an effort to win, and it became a focal point of the team,” said head coach Bruce Heppler. “The guys did an outstanding job as a group, and I am very pleased with our results even though we didn’t win the award this year.”
Cameron Tringale and David Dragoo, who graduated last May, both earned All-America Scholar awards by the GCAA, while eight members of the team made the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Academic Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or better for the year). The Yellow Jackets also were among the top 10 percent of golf teams in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Index for the third straight year.
To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors a college of university must submit the grade points earned and hours attempted for each player on its official squad list for the academic year.
Academic National Champions
Division I – East Tennessee State
Division II – St. Mary’s (Texas)
Division III – Gustavus Adolphus
NAIA – SCAD
NJCAA DI – McLennan CC
NJCAA DII – Tyler JC<
President’s Special Recognition
(3.5 or better GPA)
Division I Belmont
East Tennessee State