Gutesha Among Honorees for Academic All-Big 12

April 9, 2013

IRVING, Texas – Alex Gutesha is doing some of his best work ever on the course with a pair of top-10 finishes over the last three tournaments, but the Kansas senior was recognized for his work off the course Tuesday. Gutesha was one of 60 golf student-athletes honored as members of the Academic All-Big 12 Golf Team, claiming second team honors for the third consecutive year as announced by the conference office.

The Greenwood Village, Colo., native owns the Jayhawks’ second-best scoring average at 73.70 strokes per round and has been the team’s top finisher in two of the last three events, including a ninth-place finish after carding an even-par 213 at the Irish Creek Collegiate Sunday. Gutesha was one of 27 golfers honored on the men’s side and one of seven men’s student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.

“It’s great for him and great for the golf team that he can match the academics with athletic performance and do both things well,” Kansas head coach Jamie Bermel said. “From day one he bought in and has been a great kid to coach. He works hard both in the classroom and on the golf course – it’s just great to see him accomplish what he has in both areas.”

In all, Gutesha has three top-10 finishes during the 2012-13 season and shot two rounds in the 60s, but Tuesday’s honor arrived based on his effort in the classroom where the communications major has a 3.10 cumulative grade point average (GPA). A four-year contributor for Kansas, Gutesha was also a second-team selection during his sophomore and junior campaigns.

“As a student-athlete you really have to manage your time to the best of your ability,” Gutesha said of his academic success. “From the time I wake up, my day is pretty much planned out by the hour. The ultimate goal is to obtain a degree, and to earn this honor three times I’ve picked up some good study habits along the way. It’s obviously a great honor.”

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher (either cumulative or the two previous semesters) and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

Kansas will compete at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend (April 13-14) before closing the regular season with the Big 12 Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., April 22-24. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.