Five Jayhawks named First-Team Academic All-Big 12
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Of the 51 men’s golfers selected to the Academic All-Big 12 Team, the Kansas men’s golf team was well-represented with five Jayhawks earning first-team honors. This marks the fourth-straight year where five Jayhawks have earned the Big 12’s highest academic honor.
To earn the first-team Academic All-Big 12 title, a student-athlete must maintain above a 3.20 cumulative GPA while participating in at least 20 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. The five Jayhawks who managed to accomplish these marks on the course and in the classroom are seniors Daniel Hudson and Daniel Sutton, juniors Charlie Hillier and Jake Scarrow, while sophomore Andy Spencer completes the Kansas selections.
“This is a great honor for our five guys,” said Kansas head coach Jamie Bermel. “It is always a juggling act with academics, competitions and practice, but they showed they can do it and have success both in the classroom and on the golf course.”
As an Academic All-Big 12 First-Team selection in 2017, Hudson is one of two Jayhawks earning the honor for the second-consecutive year. While Hudson wants to pursue golf after college, he is currently in communication studies at The University of Kansas. This season, Hudson is one of only three Jayhawks with a top-5 performance under his belt, while he also is tied for the second-most top-10 finishes this season with two.
Sutton, like Hudson, plans on pursuing a career in golf following his graduation. The senior will earn his degree at the end of the 2018 summer term, when he’ll come away with a degree in liberal arts & sciences. For the Jayhawks this season, Sutton has played in every round, and ranks third on the team in round average, where he boasts a 72.50 mark.
For Hillier, this marks the second time he has received first-team honors, as he achieved the feat last season. The liberal arts & sciences major has been constant on the course this year as well, recording 20 rounds at even or under-par, which is the most on the team this season.
Along with Hillier, Scarrow is also a junior studying liberal arts & sciences. Scarrow has played in nine events on the season, and has two rounds in the 60’s and two top-20 finishes to his name.
Spencer, the lone sophomore on the list of Jayhawks, a business finance major, has been leading the way for the team on the course this year. The sophomore is the only Jayhawk with an under-par average, and leads the team in top-5 finishes (3), top-10 finishes (4) and top-20 finishes (8).
In the past four seasons, the Jayhawks have accumulated 20 members on the Academic All-Big 12 team, which is as a number that previously took the program nine years to reach.
“I’m very proud of their efforts and commitment to the academic side of things,” said Bermel. “It really shows a lot about our guys.”
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