Ohio State has two honorees by the NGCA and three by the GCAA for accomplishments on course and in classroom
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five Ohio State golfers, two members of the women’s team and three members of the men’s team, received national academic awards for the 2009-10 school year. Sophomores-to-be Rachel Rohanna and Amy Meier were recognized as All-American Scholars by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), while rising seniors Bo Hoag and Brad Smith, along with recent graduate Brad Wright, were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
The criteria for both awards are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics.
To qualify for the NGCA All-American Scholar Team, golfers must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year for Division I.
To be eligible for GCAA Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
About the Ohio State recipients:
Economics major from Upper Arlington, Ohio
Earned his second-consecutive PING All-Midwest Region honor in 2009-10 as the only Buckeye to play in all 31 rounds while leading the team with a 73.55 stroke average … Also led Ohio State with eight rounds under par, including five in the 60s … Finished in the top 10 five times, including his third-consecutive top 10 finish at the Big Ten Championships with a tie for seventh … A two-time Academic All-Big Ten and three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selection.
Undeclared major from Rochester Hills, Mich.
Played in 30 rounds during her rookie season with a stroke average of 76.97 … After playing in two fall events, competed in all eight spring tournaments … Finished in the top 20 four times, including a tie for seventh at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge to earn Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors … Part of the Buckeye lineup at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA West Regional … An Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Food, agriculture and environmental sciences major from Waynesburg, Pa.
Received First Team All-Big Ten honors as a freshman … Was the top alternate for the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open … in May 2010, became first female recipient of the West Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Frank Fuhrur III Award, given to an area golfer for an outstanding college season … Led Ohio State in stroke average with a 75.24 and was one of two Buckeyes to compete in all 34 rounds of play … Only three of her rounds were not counted toward the team score and she was among the top 2 OSU finishers at seven of 11 tournaments … Finished in the top 30 or higher in nine events, with five finishes in the top 20 and two in the top 5 … An Ohio State Scholar Athlete.
Finance major from Peru, Ind.
Played in 27 rounds as a junior and had the second-best stroke average on the team at 73.63 … Fired three rounds in the 60s and five rounds under par on the year … Either lead or was second finisher among Buckeyes in six tournaments and recorded four top-20 finishes … A two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV second-team honoree, a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (for carrying a 3.7 grade point average or higher) and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection as well as a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Business logistics major from Cambridge, Ohio
Received the 2010 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the men’s golf team … Competed in 10 events and had a stroke average of 74.0 over 28 rounds … Recorded four rounds under par and had a team-high five rounds of even par … Was an alternate for the 2010 U.S. Open … A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.