Men's golf recognized by GCAA for team GPA

Junior Mike Dart

July 31, 2013

2013 GCAA Academic Team Awards Get Acrobat Reader

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Utah Valley University men's golf team has been honored with President's Special Recognition status by the Golf Coaches Association of America for last season's outstanding team GPA. The Team Academic Awards were announced by the GCAA on Wednesday and are presented by Farmers Insurance.

UVU is one of ten NCAA Division I institutions to be named to the President's Special Recognition list -- a category within the All-Academic Team awards that requires a team GPA of 3.5 or better. The Wolverines join DePaul, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, and academic national champion Brown, among others, in that list.

"To receive this award two years in a row is a great accomplishment," said UVU head men's golf coach Chris Curran. "To be in the top-10 in the country in terms of GPA shows our dedication to getting the best possible education. Our kids work extremely hard in the classroom and all the hours of studying in airports has paid off. We've strived to hold the guys to a higher standard and obviously they've risen to meet that."

To be eligible for academic distinction from the GCAA, a school must post a team GPA of at least 3.0.

It is the second straight year that UVU men's golf has seen its name in such distinction as the Wolverines were one of 11 DI teams in 2012 to post a 3.5 GPA or higher.

In all, 143 schools across all NCAA divisions, NAIA, and NJCAA submitted GPAs of 3.0 or higher to earn All-Academic Team recognition -- the highest number in the award's five-year history.

With a team GPA of 3.74, Brown came away with the 2012-13 DI academic national championship, alongside Post of NCAA DII, and Greensboro College from DIII. Embry-Riddle in Arizona was the NAIA winner while Scottsdale CC and South Mountain CC claimed the NJCAA DI and DII awards, respectively.

"Farmers Insurance is proud to honor and support the GCAA and their 2013 recipients of the 2013 Team Academic Awards," said Chuck Browning, Head of Sponsorship and Corporate Giving for Farmers Insurance. "A key philanthropic pillar of Farmers Insurance is Education, thus this award is a perfect fit for us and gives us a chance to extend our support of golf throughout the year. It is also an extension of our University Day platform at the Farmers Insurance Open, which we continue to see great success on each year."