Two KU men's golfers named GCAA All-America Scholars

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Wednesday that Kansas men’s golfers Charlie Hillier and Andy Spencer each earned a spot on the 2018-19 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar list.

Historically, KU now has 28 GCAA All-America Scholars all-time with Hillier earning the distinction for the second-straight year.

"This is quite an honor for both Andy and Charlie. Both have performed well in the classroom and on the golf course."

Jamie Bermel, Head Coach
Charlie Hillier tees off

Hillier earned his second-straight GCAA distinction after picking up his third Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor in four years – only the eighth Jayhawk to do so since 1997. A liberal arts major from Te Puke, New Zealand, Hillier was one of the most consistent players on the course all season as well, being the Kansas top individual performer in three tournaments throughout the season.

That consistency paced Hillier to a team-best 71.13 stroke average spread across 10 events and 30 rounds played. He finished top-five in three tournaments on the season, including a 13-under-par victory at the Hootie at Bulls Bay (March 24-26).

Andy Spencer tees off

Spencer picked up his first All-America Scholar honor after earning his second Academic All-Big 12 First Team award earlier this spring. He finished second on the team shooting 10 rounds under par and posted a 72.24 stroke average across 11 tournaments and 33 rounds played. He cracked four top-20 finishes throughout the season, including an 11th-place finish at the Badger Invitational to kick off his junior campaign.

The GCAA noted that 266 players from NCAA Division I were selected.

To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, 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. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.