Three Golfers Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. In the midst of one of the best seasons in school history, the K-State men’s golf team earned recognition for its performance off the course on Wednesday as three Wildcats earned Academic All-Big 12 honors as announced by the league office.

Senior Kyle Yonke and sophomore Mitch Gregson earned Academic All-Big 12 first team honors and sophomore Joe Ida was named to the second team. Gregson and Ida claimed their first academic honors in their first year of eligibility, while Yonke earned his third consecutive academic honor. Yonke was also named a Cleveland Golf Academic All-American prior to the 2007-08 season.

K-State has placed 23 golfers on Academic All-Big 12 Teams in head coach Tim Norris’ tenure, spanning 11 consecutive seasons. It is the fifth time that three or more Wildcats have earned academic recognition from the Big 12 Conference.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the men’s golf academic all-league squad consisted of 18 first team members combined with six on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of his/her team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Kansas State looks to build on its impressive season at the Big 12 Championship on Friday-Sunday, April 25-27 at the par-72, 7,249 yard Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. The 2007-08 Wildcats are shooting a school-record 293.36 strokes per round and tied the single-season mark with eight top five finishes.