Weldon Earns Third Academic All-Big 12 Designation

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State men’s golf senior Kyle Weldon was named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 First Team on Thursday, marking his third nomination in four years.

Weldon, a civil engineering major, was named to the first team during his sophomore season in 2012-13 and again in 2013-14, before redshirting last season. He is the lone Wildcat to make this year’s list of 35 men’s golfers that included 30 first teamers and five second-team athletes. 

“I am very proud of Kyle. He is a model student athlete that has excelled both on and off the course,” said head coach Grant Robbins. “It takes a great deal of discipline to be able to balance the demands of competing at the highest level of college golf while obtaining a degree in engineering. He is very deserving of this award.”

Weldon has been in the lineup for all eight team competitions for K-State this season, holding the team’s third-best stroke average at 73.42. He leads the Wildcats in rounds at even or under par with a total of 12.

The Des Peres, Missouri, native collected his best finish of the season at the Rod Myers Invitational in September when he tied for fifth place at 2-under par 214. Weldon snatched up another top-20 finish by tying for 17th at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate in February with his even-par score of 216.

First team members, to earn Academic All-Big 12 honors, consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold 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 their 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. 

Next up for Weldon and the Wildcats is a trip to the Hawkeye Intercollegiate in Iowa City, Iowa, this Saturday and Sunday.