Four Men's Golfers Tabbed Academic All-Big 12

April 20, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Four members of the No. 24 University of Kansas men’s golf team were selected to the 2004 Men’s Golf Academic All-Big 12 team announced today. Junior Andrew Price and redshirt-freshman Tyler Docking were named to the first team, while senior Tyler Hall and junior Kevin Ward were each members of the second team. It is the first career academic honor for each of the golfers. (4/20/04)

“We are very pleased with the academic success of our players,” head coach Ross Randall said. “These honors show that not only has it been a good season for us on the course, but also a good year academically. It is good to see we have true student-athletes here at the University of Kansas.”

A junior from Lake Forest, Ill., Price has played in 11 events this season for the Jayhawks and carries a season stroke average of 72.21. He won the Kansas Invitational during the fall season, the first tournament title of his career, and was named the September Big 12 Golfer of the Month.

Docking, a redshirt-freshman from Olathe, Kan., has competed in total of 11 events this season, his first as a collegiate golfer. He currently holds a season stroke average of 74.00, the lowest freshman average since the 1993-94 season.

Senior Tyler Hall (Wayne, N.J.) carries a 73.95 stroke average through seven events this season for the Jayhawks. Hall has been hot of late, recording four top-10 finishes in five tournaments during the spring, including a career-best tie-for-second place finish at the Colorado-Stevinson Ranch Invitational.

A junior from Leawood, Kan., Ward has competed in 11 events this season and holds a 72.42 stroke average. In March, he won the first tournament of his career at the Louisiana Classics Invitational.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the men’s golf academic all-league squad consisted of 18 first team members combined with 10 on the second team. First team members are those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, while the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

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 his team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are eligible.

Kansas will next be in action April 26-27, when it travels to Hutchinson, Kan., to compete in the Big 12 Conference Championship at the Prairie Dunes Country Club. The first two rounds are set to begin at 8 a.m. Monday.

“We have been playing well leading up to the Big 12 Championship,” Randall said. “We hope we can continue our good play at this great golf course. If we play well we know we can be in contention.”