Kansas Men’s Golf Trio Named All-America Scholars
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s golfers Daniel Hudson, Daniel Sutton and Charlie Hillier have been named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), the organization announced Wednesday.
Historically, KU now has 25 GCAA All-America Scholars all-time with Hudson and Sutton earning the distinction for the second straight year. In 2017, KU set the school record by having three named in the same academic year, only to be matched by this year’s threesome. Under sixth-year head coach Jamie Bermel’s guidance, KU now has nine All-America Scholars in the past four years.
“I’m really proud of all three of the guys,” Bermel said. “Dan Sutton and Dan Hudson are repeat All-America Scholars and both capped off great careers at KU. Charlie is a first year award winner and it is my hope he can get the award again next year. We preach academics every day and all three have been awarded for their efforts in the classroom and on the golf course.”
The KU trio, who were instrumental in KU’s run to the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, were among the record 265 NCAA Division I men’s golfers honored by the GCAA. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, 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 in Division I and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade point average of 3.2. Recipients must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
Hudson, a senior in 2017-18, posted four top-20 finishes this past season, including a third-place finish at The Jackrabbit in Valentine, Nebraska, last October. A two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection, Hudson recorded at 73.02 stroke average his senior year. The LaGrange, Illinois, native graduated from KU in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.
Sutton will earn his KU degree in liberal arts & sciences at the end of July 2018. Last season, the Birmingham, England, native recorded five top-20 finishes, including three in the top 10, and had a 72.69 stroke average. A 2018 Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Sutton was KU’s top finisher at the 2018 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship where he tied for 39th in the 155 golfer field.
Hillier was second on the KU team with a 72.50 stroke average as he posted nine top-20 finishes his junior year in 2017-18. The Te Puke, New Zealand, native led KU with 23 rounds of even or under par and led KU in scoring three times during the season. Like Hudson and Sutton, Hillier was also an Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection in 2018.
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