July 1, 2021

Alford, Hinton and Schmuecking Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars


Three Ohio State men’s golfers – JonErik Alford, Laken Hinton and Patrick Schmuecking – were all named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for the 2020-21 academic season.

Big Ten Faculty Representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must have earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition in the previous academic year, must have been enrolled full time at the institution for the entire previous academic year (two semesters or three quarters) and earned a minimum GPA of 3.70 or better during the previous academic year, excluding any summer grades. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student’s academic career.

All three earned the award for the first time. Alford and Hinton are both sport industry majors and Schmuecking is a finance major. Hinton, a native of Edmond, Okla., earned his degree this past spring. Both Alford and Hinton appeared in one event this spring while Schmuecking played in three tournaments.

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