Turning in standout years in the classroom as well as on the course, USC Upstate men’s golfers Ryan Cornfield and Sebastian Lopez Bulla have been named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honor is given to individuals who are either juniors or seniors, have competed at least three years on the collegiate level, have participated in 50 percent of the team’s competitive rounds, own a stroke average of 76.0 in Division I (other criteria for other divisions), and maintain a grade-point average above 3.2. Each individual must also be of high moral character and in good standing at his college or university.
“It’s a lot of work to excel on the course and in the classroom with the demands placed on our golfers,” said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. “Ryan and Sebastian have both done it well and I am proud that they have received this award. I know that both will have successful careers after graduation and I am glad to have them back another year.”
Cornfield turned in a historic season in 2014-15. He became the first Spartan golfer, male or female, to participate in the NCAA Tournament on the Division I level after earning an individual invitation to the Chapel Hill Regional. He finished tied for 23rd, though he spent most of the tournament in the Top 10. He won the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic with a 6-under-par score, had three Top 5 individual finishes and finished in the Top 10 six times. He led the Spartans with a 72.4 stroke average and a .865 head-to-head winning percentage. He tied the school’s single-round record for most strokes under-par with a 6-under 66 in the final round of the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic to propel him to the win. He also shot the program’s lowest numerical round ever, a 5-under 65, in the second round of the Camden Collegiate Classic. He finished tied for ninth in the A-Sun Championship to help lead the Spartans to a program-best fourth-place finish in the event. His work on the course mirrored that of his work in the classroom. He carries a 3.23 GPA as a Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science major.
Lopez Bulla joined with Cornfield and teammate Taylor White as one of three Spartans to play in every tournament in 2014-15. He ranked third on the team with a 75.5 stroke average and also in head-to-head winning percentage. He claimed two Top 20 individual finishes, both of which came in the spring. He was tied for 17th at the General Hackler Championship and finished tied for 11th at the A-Sun Championships for his best finish in three appearances in the conference tournament. The effort helped lead Upstate to a fourth-place team finish, the program’s best-ever finish in the event. He carries a 3.35 GPA as a Business Administration major in the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.
The GCAA named 206 players in NCAA Division I with the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honor. In addition, there were 91 players in NCAA Division II, 70 in NCAA Division III and 17 in NAIA who received All-America Scholar recognition.