June 25, 2012
Greensboro, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s James White has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight year, and all five Yellow Jacket starters were named to the 2012 All-ACC Academic Team announced Monday by Commissioner John Swofford.
The Scholar-Athlete of the Year is named after Rod Myers, Duke’s legendary men’s golf coach from 1973-2007. White is joined on the All-Academic team by the Jackets’ sophomore Bo Andrews, honored for the second time, sophomore Richard Werenski and freshmen Anders Albertson and Ollie Schniederjans.
A senior management major who graduated this past May, White is a four-time All-ACC Academic and three-time All-ACC team honoree. He became Georgia Tech’s third recipient of the Byron Nelson Award as the nation’s top collegiate senior. The Acworth, Ga. native, helped guide Tech to its fourth straight, and 14th overall, ACC Championship title this past spring.
White was among six ACC student-athletes receiving the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award – recognized for outstanding academic and athletic performance. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team for 2012, PING-GCAA All-America team and the PING All-Region East team. White enjoyed a fine senior campaign with five top-5 finishes in 10 team events and was named to the U.S. Team for the Palmer Cup. He led the Yellow Jackets and ranked third in the ACC with a 71.24 stroke average over 33 rounds during the 2011-12 season.
Five golfers who earned All-ACC honors this season also secured spots on the 2012 All-ACC Academic Men’s Golf Team, including Albertson, Andrews, White, Duke’s Julian Suri and Wake Forest’s Lee Bedford.
Ten of the 11 schools were represented on this year’s All-ACC Academic Team. Duke and Georgia Tech led the way with five players represented. Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest claimed three players each. NC State placed two players on the team while Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, and Virginia landed one player each to round out the team.
Twelve golfers were repeat honorees from the 2011 All-ACC Academic team, which includes Clemson’s Thomas Bradshaw and Crawford Reeves, Duke’s Austin Cody, Brinson Paolini and Julian Suri, Georgia Tech’s James White, NC State’s Chad Day and Mark McMillen, Virginia Tech’s Bryce Chalkley and Wake Forest’s Evan Beck, Lee Bedford and Charlie Harrison. White and Bedford are four-time honorees on the team.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete, regardless of classification, must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.
2012 All-ACC Academic Men’s Golf Team
Rod Myers Scholar-Athlete of the Year: James White, Georgia Tech
Name, Class, School, Major
John Jackopsic, Fr., Boston College, Communications
#Thomas Bradshaw, So., Clemson, Marketing
William Kennerly, Fr., Clemson, Pre-Business
##Crawford Reeves, Jr. Clemson, Marketing
#Spencer Anderson, Sr., Duke, Political Science
#Austin Cody, So., Duke, Sociology
##Brinson Paolini, Jr., Duke, Psychology
Adam Sumrall, Jr., Duke, Political Science
##Julian Suri, Jr., Duke, History
Doug Letson, Sr., Florida State, Economics
Anders Albertson, Fr., Georgia Tech, BSBA
# Bo Andrews, Jr., Georgia Tech, Management
Ollie Schniederjans, Fr., Georgia Tech, BSBA
Richard Werenski, So., Georgia Tech, Management
* James White, Sr., Georgia Tech, Management
Bailey Patrick, Fr., North Carolina, Business Administration
#Chad Day, Sr., NC State, Finance/Business Administration
##Mark McMillen, Sr., NC State, Finance/Business Administration
#Bruce Woodall, Sr., Virginia, Government
#Bryce Chalkley, So., Virginia Tech, General Engineering
Trevor Cone, Fr., Virginia Tech, Marketing
Scott Vincent, Fr., Virginia Tech, Business
##Evan Beck, Jr., Wake Forest, Finance
*Lee Bedford, Sr., Wake Forest, Finance
#Charlie Harrison, Jr., Wake Forest, Religion
#denotes second-time honoree; ##denotes three-time honoree; *denotes four-time honoree