Air Force Earns All-Academic Team Distinction from GCAA
Nov. 1, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The Air Force golf program was honored as a 2010 All-Academic Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors, a college or university must submit the grade points earned and hours attempted for each player on its official squad list for the academic year.
A total of 113 teams at all levels (NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, and NJCAA Divisions I and II) submitted GPAs of 3.00 or higher to earn All-Academic Team recognition. The Falcons' team GPA last season was 3.13, with the golfers taking an average of 35 hours for the year. Only three other schools in the Mountain West Conference--BYU, New Mexico and Wyoming--were on the list for All-Academic Team honors.
"We are very proud of our team's accomplishment in the classroom," said Air Force head coach George Koury. "We are fortunate to have many people dedicated to their success. Faculty representative Col. Dan Uribe and eligibility chair Dr. Ralph Bodenheim play a vital role in the team's performance. The team has worked very hard to obtain a 3.0 GPA while balancing the other demands of the United States Air Force Academy."
Among the top academic performers for Air Force during the 2009-10 season were 2010 graduates Tom Whitney and Alex Horrell, current senior Kyle Bailey and current juniors Caleb Leestma and Mark Boyer. Whitney, Bailey and Leestma all received academic all-conference honors, while Horrell and Boyer each earned MWC Scholar-Athlete recognition. In addition, Whitney was named a Cleveland Golf/SRIXON All-America Scholar for the second-straight season.