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Atlantic 10 Golfers, Teams Earn GCAA Academic Honors

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Eight Atlantic 10 men’s golf student-athletes have been selected as Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The GCAA also recognized seven A-10 teams as All-Academic honorees.

Davidson was selected for the GCAA President’s Special Recognition for having a team GPA of 3.5 or better. In addition to the Wildcats, George Mason, George Washington Rhode Island, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s and VCU all earned All-Academic status for having team GPAs of 3.0 or better.

The eight individual honorees includes Jack Lang (Davidson), Jake Gilkison and Dominic Maricocchi (Dayton), Jeff Wilson (George Mason), Logan Lowe (George Washington), Dawson Jones and Brody King (Rhode Island) and Zack Justice (Richmond).

To be eligible for the honor, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.20. Individuals must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

Ranked 89th Nationally according to GolfStat, Lang concluded his career at the 2019 NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, where he finished T-27th with a 54-hole total of 217 (79-70-68). Lang joined Richard Fountain (2010-14) and Mike Spann (1967-69) as the only Wildcats to participate in three NCAA Tournaments. In addition to leading Davidson to its first-ever Regional berth a year ago, Lang competed as a sophomore after capturing the 2017 Atlantic 10 individual title. A three-time all-conference performer and two-time all-academic honoree, Lang led the Atlantic 10 with a 71.08 stroke average earning the program's first-ever A-10 Player of the Year honor. In May, Lang was presented the 2019 Tommy Peters Award, which is given to a senior male scholar-athlete in recognition of outstanding dedication and contribution to intercollegiate athletics.

Maricocchi is a rising senior who is majoring in sport management with a minor in business administration. A member of the UD Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), he appeared in every event for the Flyers this past season, posting a 73.43 stroke average. He tied for fourth Cleveland State Tom Tontimonia Invitational in the fall and third in the Pinehurst Intercollegiate in the spring. For the year he had four top-10 finishes and had a best round of 68 twice during the 2018-19 season.

Gilkison graduated with a degree in business, having appeared in all 11 UD events as a senior. He also had a stroke average of 73.43 with four top-10 finishes. He was third at the Marshall Joe Feaganes Invitational and fourth in back-to-back spring events, the Pinehurst Intercollegiate and the Rutherford Intercollegiate. Also a member of SAAC, his best round of the year was a 66 at the Marshall Joe Feaganes Invitation.

As a junior, Wilson ranked second on the Patriots in scoring average (74.23), par-3 scoring (2.95) and birdies (80). He tallied a trio of top-25 finishes on the year, including a season-best t-9th at the Old Dominion/OBX Intercollegiate. The Austin, Texas, product also placed t-15th at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate and was t-24th at the Ocean Course Invitation at Kiawah. Wilson carries a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in sport management at Mason. He was named to the 2019 A-10 All-Academic Team and is a three-time Provost Scholar.

Lowe, who graduated in May with a real estate degree and a 3.55 GPA, earns the honor for the second straight year. He's one of a record 540 student-athletes across the nation named to the list, which requires an individual to be a junior or senior, maintain a minimum 3.2 career GPA and have participated in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds while recording a stroke average under 76.0.

A three-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference performer and PING All-Northeast Region honoree, Jones led Rhode Island in scoring with a 71.2 stroke average this past year. He had top-5 finishes in seven of URI's 10 tournaments and was the individual medalist at the Rhode Island Invitational. Additionally, he finished below par in half (5-of-10) of the team's tournaments while carding nine sub-70 rounds.

King played in each of URI's 10 tournaments this past year, after having seen action in a combined 13 tournaments throughout his first three years with the Rams. He ended his senior campaign with the team's second-best stroke average (73.5), had three top-5 finishes and seven top-25 finishes. He carded a career-low 66 in the opening round of the Hartford Hawks Invitational, where he tied for fifth with a 5-under finish. His best overall finish came later in the year when he placed fourth (+4) among a field of 51 at the Cape Fear National Intercollegiate.

Justice, who averaged 75.8 strokes in his 16 competitive rounds in 2018-19, is the second Spider to make the team in the last four years, joining Kegan Hoff in 2017.

 

 

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