Men’s golf receives academic acknowledgement

LAWRENCE, Kan. – With the announcement of Big 12 academic honors on Tuesday afternoon, Kansas men’s golf saw five student athletes presented with Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors for the second-straight year, tying the most in program history.

All meeting the criteria for first team honors, Kansas acknowledgements include seniors Brock Drogosch, Chase Hanna and Zach Kirby, junior Daniel Hudson and sophomore Charlie Hillier.

The Jayhawks are familiar with academic success, as Hanna received a Big 12 academic award for his fourth-straight season, including three-straight seasons as Academic All-Big 12 First Team. This also marks the third straight season Hudson has received an accolade, including his second-consecutive First Team honor. Drogosch has now been named to the First Team for the second time in his career. This marks the first time Kirby and Hillier find their names on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

“I am very proud of the guys and their work in the classroom,” head coach Jamie Bermel said. “We stress academics every day and the guys have bought in. They have done a very good job playing golf while continuing to manage the academic side.  It is nice to see five guys on the first team. A well-deserved honor for each of them.”

Under Bermel’s lead, the Jayhawks have received 16 Big 12 academic honors, including eight first team nominations, four second team nominations and four rookie team nominations.

To qualify for the first team, student athletes must have maintained a GPA of 3.20 or better cumulative or in the two previous semesters, as well as participated in 60 percent of the teams scheduled events. Seniors may also be eligible as long as they have competed for a minimum of two years and meet the GPA criteria, regardless of their percentage of participation.