Kentucky Earns GCAA Team Academic Honor

NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Kentucky men's golf team was tabbed an All-Academic team by the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America), for a 3.32 team grade-point average for the 2014-15 academic year it was announced by the organization.

“This team is committed to being successful in the classroom,” UK head coach Brian Craig said. “They do their best and the results are proof of that. We don’t just have golfers. We just graduated a young man with an engineering degree and another is on his way to medical school. We also have another doctor on the way on our current roster.

“All of our young men will be well prepared for life after college,” Craig said. “Also, a sincere thanks to Amy Craiglow in our CATS Center for all that she does to help our guys with their academic careers. Amy is the best in the business.”

To earn recognition to the GCAA Academic Team a team must submit GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year and have a comprised result of 3.0 or better. The Wildcats were among six SEC schools to capture All-Academic team accolades from the GCAA joining Auburn, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

Ten players on Craig's squad claimed All-Southeastern Conference academic honors this year. Matthew Anderson, Will Bishop, Hager Collins, Harrison Greenberry, Todd McDaniel, Chris Meuth and Stephen Stallings were all honored on the Spring Academic Honor Roll. Cristian DiMarco, Tyler ‘Chip’ McDaniel and Fred Allen Meyer were members of the Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

A player must possess a 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding academic year or his entire collegiate career and meet additional qualifications to earn recognition by the league office.

Furthermore, earlier this summer Craig and the Wildcats earned honors for their Academic Progress Rate scores from the NCAA. The UK men’s golf team ranked in the top 10 percent nationally among other Division I golf programs. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR scores are a four-year composite, covering the 2010-11 through 2013-14 school years that measure eligibility, retention and graduation.

The golf team has continued to meet the standard of Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart’s department-wide goal of an all-encompassing 3.0 GPA. With a 3.318 GPA for the 2014-15 year, the men’s golf team ranked second among all men’s sports in the department.

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