Kentucky Earns GCAA Team Academic Honor
NORMAN, Okla. – The University
of Kentucky men’s golf team was tabbed an All-Academic team by the GCAA (Golf
Coaches Association of America), for a 3.32 team grade-point average for the
2014-15 academic year it was announced by the organization.
“This team is committed to being successful
in the classroom,” UK head coach Brian Craig said. “They do their best and the
results are proof of that. We don’t just have golfers. We just graduated a
young man with an engineering degree and another is on his way to medical
school. We also have another doctor on the way on our current roster.
“All of our young men will be well prepared
for life after college,” Craig said. “Also, a sincere thanks to Amy Craiglow in
our CATS Center for all that she does to help our guys with their academic
careers. Amy is the best in the business.”
To earn recognition to the GCAA Academic Team a team must submit
GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year and have
a comprised result of 3.0 or better. The Wildcats were among six SEC schools to
capture All-Academic team accolades from the GCAA joining Auburn, Missouri, Ole
Miss, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.
Ten players on Craig’s squad claimed All-Southeastern Conference academic honors this year. Matthew
Anderson, Will Bishop, Hager Collins, Harrison Greenberry, Todd McDaniel, Chris
Meuth and Stephen Stallings were all honored on the Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Cristian DiMarco, Tyler ‘Chip’ McDaniel and Fred Allen Meyer were members of
the Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
A player must possess a 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding
academic year or his entire collegiate career and meet additional
qualifications to earn recognition by the league office.
Furthermore, earlier this summer Craig and the Wildcats earned
honors for their Academic Progress Rate scores from the NCAA. The UK men’s golf
team ranked in the top 10 percent nationally among other Division I golf programs.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success by the progress
of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR scores are a four-year
composite, covering the 2010-11 through 2013-14 school years that measure
eligibility, retention and graduation.
The golf team has continued to meet the standard of Athletic
Director Mitch Barnhart’s department-wide goal of an all-encompassing 3.0 GPA. With
a 3.318 GPA for the 2014-15 year, the men’s golf team ranked second among all
men’s sports in the department.