The USC Upstate men’s golf team is one of 90 Division I programs, and 169 in all levels of collegiate golf, to be named All-Academic Team by the Golf Coaches Association of American (GCAA) for its performance in the classroom, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.
Upstate is one of two teams from the A-Sun to garner the recognition along with Kennesaw State. The Spartans are receiving the award for the first time in program history.
“I’m very proud of each of our player’s individual efforts to make this award possible,” said head coach Todd Lawton. “Academic success is a priority and our players have stepped up nicely. Adding this to our first individual NCAA Regional bid in Ryan Cornfield and highest A-Sun Championship finish, makes 2014-15 a special year. I’m excited to have nearly all of them back for this year as well.”
Upstate placed five athletes on the A-Sun All-Academic Team this past season in Cornfield, Sean Hassell, Sebastian Lopez Bulla, Tom Schofield and Trey Taylor. Cornfield and Lopez Bulla were also recognized by the GCAA last week as two of 206 Division I players to be named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.
To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors a college or university must submit the GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year. The All-Academic Teams must have finished the year with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.