CINCINNATI, Oh. – The Mount St. Joseph men's golf team has been recognized by The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) for their work in the classroom. The GCAA today announced their 18Birdies Team Academic Awards and The Mount was given the All-Academic Team Award.
The All-Academic Team Award is given to teams who have a team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The Lions surpassed that coming in with a team GPA of 3.2 for the 2017-18 Academic year, and its the fourth year in a row the team has had a GPA over 3.0.
The Lions had a fantastic season on the course as well in 2017-18, headlined by a stretch in late April where the team won three consecutive tournaments. The Lions were able to ride that momentum into a second place finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
"We take our academics very seriously and it is a yearly goal to earn the Team Academic Award as we strive to have the best Team GPA in Division III." said Head Coach Joe Sparhawk. He went on to say "Because we typically leave for tournaments mid-day on Fridays, we have student-athletes that may miss one or more classes. In order to make up for lost class time, we have study tables at our hotel both Friday and Saturday night. We appreciate the flexibility of our professors that allow our student-athletes to take exams and turn in work early and our grateful for their understanding that athletics and competition is an integral part of their overall education."
The Lions were joined on the list by only two other HCAC programs, Defiance College and Transylvania University.
"18Birdies is proud of the work these programs have accomplished off the course and to present this year's Team Academic Awards," said 18Birdies' Founder and CEO, Eddy Lui. "We'll continue to support the next generation of golfers as we know they will be the next leading voice to grow the game."
To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors a college or university must submit the GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year.