Aug. 3, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s golf team was one of 80 NCAA Division I programs honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) as the organization released its 2012 team academic awards.
K-State was one of 125 teams from all three NCAA divisions, the NAIA and NJCAA to earn recognition from the GCAA, which honors teams with a 3.0 GPA and above. The Wildcats posted a team GPA of 3.418 during the 2011-12 academic year, including 4.0 performances by Tyler Norris and Daniel Wood.
“Academics are a part of our team culture here,” head coach Tim Norris said. “With the help of our academic advisor Jamie Hamor, the players have the support and expertise to succeed in the classroom and on the golf course.”
This year’s accolades mark the second-straight season the Wildcats have be honored by the GCAA, which began recognizing teams for their academic performance following the 2008-09 school year. Since Norris’ first season at K-State during the 1997-98 season, K-State has had 41 Academic All-Big 12 performers, including Curtis Yonke (first team) and Chase Chamberlin (second team) in 2011-12.
The academic performance by the men’s golf team further showcases another outstanding academic year in 2011-12 for K-State. Former men’s basketball student-athlete Victor Ojeleye was named the male winner of the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr., Sports Scholar Award, Ryann Krais was awarded the Elite 89 award for having the highest GPA among all participants at this year’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and Tysyn Hartman was a Campbell Trophy Finalist and NFF National Scholar Athlete in 2011. In all, the Wildcats placed 92 student-athletes on their respective Academic All-Big 12 teams, while eight student-athletes earned Academic All-America distinction.