Men’s Golf Earns Special Recognition from GCAA

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Thanks to a spring GPA of 3.6, the Kansas State men’s golf team was one of only 24 Division I teams in the nation to earn President’s Special Recognition from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) as the organization released its team academic awards for the 2015-16 season.

It marked the fifth time in the eight-year history GCAA academic awards that the Wildcats were honored, but it was the first time K-State garnered the President’s Special Recognition by holding a team GPA of 3.5 or better.

“I am very proud of our team for what they are accomplishing both on and off the course,” head coach Grant Robbins said. “We have a tremendous group of young men that exemplify what you want to see in a student-athlete. I also want to thank Bill Banks and the entire academic support staff for the outstanding work they do for our student-athletes.”

The Wildcats were led in the classroom this past season by senior Kyle Weldon and junior Jack Rickabaugh, both of whom earned Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honors from the GCAA. Weldon finished his career with three First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors, while he left K-State with the fifth-lowest career stroke average at 73.79. He also ranks sixth in school history with 44 tournaments started and seventh with 130 rounds played.

The Wildcats had a successful year on the course as well, finishing third in school history with a 291.51 team stroke average. This year’s squad also finished seventh in program history with five top-five placings, including a second-place showing at the David Toms Intercollegiate.

K-State returns six letterwinners from last year’s team, including the top three performers in terms of stroke average, for the 2016-17 season, which begins with the Badger Invitational, Sept. 11-13, at University Ridge GC in Madison, Wis.