Story courtesy of Southwestern Sports Information Department
NORMAN, Okla. – Southwestern men's golf was named as one of the 18Birdies Team Academic Award winners for posting a team GPA above 3.0.
New Mexico (Division I), Bellarmine (Division II), Swarthmore (Division III), Bethel (KS) (NAIA), Dodge City (NJCAA DI) and South Mountain (NJCAA DII) have been named 18Birdies Academic National Champions for their respective divisions, announced the GCAA.
"18Birdies is proud of the work these programs have accomplished off the course and to present this year's Team Academic Awards," said 18Birdies' Founder and CEO, Eddy Lui. "We'll continue to support the next generation of golfers as we know they will be the next leading voice to grow the game."
South Mountain posted the highest overall team GPA for all divisions with a 3.78. A record number 222 teams submitted GPAs of 3.00 or higher to earn 18Birdies All-Academic Team recognition.
"I'm very excited for these young men who worked diligently in the classroom and on the golf course," said South Mountain Head Coach And Walker. "This is a testament to the type of student-athlete that we have in our program. To be recognized for their academic achievements by the GCAA and 18Birdies is an honor."
This marks South Mountain's fifth 18Birdies Academic National Championship while Bethel and Dodge City are claimed their second honor.
A total of 48 teams received President's Special Recognition status for having team GPAs of 3.5 or better.
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.