NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Kentucky men's golf team was tabbed an All-Academic team by the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America), for a 3.34 team grade-point average for the 2015-16 academic year it was announced by the organization.
To earn recognition to the GCAA Academic Team a team must submit GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year and have a comprised result of 3.0 or better. The Wildcats were among eight Southeastern Conference schools to capture All-Academic team accolades from the GCAA joining Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Eight players on coach Brian Craig's squad claimed All-SEC academic honors this year. Fred Allen Meyer, Harrison Greenberry, Chip McDaniel, Chris Meuth, Cooper Musselman and Stephen Stallings were all honored on the Spring Academic Honor Roll. Lukas Euler and Fadhli Soetarso were members of the Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
A player must possess a 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding academic year or his entire collegiate career and meet additional qualifications to earn recognition by the league office.
Furthermore, earlier this summer Craig and the Wildcats earned honors for their Academic Progress Rate scores from the NCAA. The UK men’s golf team ranked in the top 10 percent nationally among other Division I golf programs after scoring a perfect 1.000. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR scores are a four-year composite, covering the 2011-12 through 2014-15 school years that measure eligibility, retention and graduation.
The golf team has continued to meet the standard of Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart’s department-wide goal of an all-encompassing 3.0 GPA. With a 3.344 GPA for the 2015-16 year, the men’s golf team ranked second among all men’s sports in the department. They were also awarded the team academic award at the 2016 CATSPY awards in April.