Two Wildcats Named All-America Scholars

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Two Kansas State men’s golfers, Jack Rickabaugh and Kyle Weldon, were among 212 Division I players named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for the 2015-16 season, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Wednesday.

Weldon, a senior in 2015-16 who was a First Team Academic All-Big 12 recipient for the third time in his career, was named to the All-America Scholar squad for a second time. Rickabaugh, a transfer from Dodge City CC prior to this past season, was a first-time honoree. The duo’s inclusion on the list are the first two under two-year head coach Grant Robbins.

A product of Des Peres, Missouri, Weldon finished his career by posting a 73.71 stroke average in 2015-16, which was buoyed by a 4-under par 212 at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate to tie for fifth place. He also tied for fifth at the season-opening Rod Myers Invitational with a 2-under par 214.

Rickabaugh competed in six events last season, accumulating a 74.58 stroke average. He fired his low round of the year, a 69, in the final round of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate to earn a tie for 12th place at 2-under par 214. He earned another top-20 finish at the ORU Shootout, tying for 16th place.

To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 76.00 and maintain a minimum cumulative career GPA of 3.2.

The Wildcats kick off the 2016-17 season with the Badger Invitational, Sept. 11-13, at University Ridge GC in Madison, Wis.