A-Sun Quintet Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars

Thursday, July 25, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. – Five Atlantic Sun men's golfers have been named 2013 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for Division I as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Mercer's James Beale, Ben Greene, Peder Hermansson and Jonathan Klotz from Kennesaw State and Northern Kentucky's Steve Rickels join the total of 152 players in Division I who earned the honor. Greene and Rickels receive the honor for the second straight year.

All five also earned A-Sun Conference Scholar recognition this season for their sustained achievement over at least two years, paired with a 3.4 cumulative GPA or better.

Beale played in all 10 of the Bears' tournaments, posting a pair of top-10 finishes and recording the third-best stroke average on the team (74.8).

Greene recently was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year while Hermansson also was named to the A-Sun Conference's All-Academic team. The pair was also named to the 2012-13 Division I Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in June.

Klotz, who received A-Sun Conference All-Academic honors earlier this summer, enjoyed a solid junior season in which he recorded a 75.0 stroke average and two Top 10 showings. Greene, Hermansson and Klotz helped the Owls earn their third straight trip to the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships where they tied for 10th place at the NCAA Southwest Regional at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

In his first season playing in the A-Sun, Rickels recorded a 75.7 stroke average in his senior campaign for the Norse and placed in a tie for seventh at the Jim Bishop Toyota Classic for his best finish of the season.

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 or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum cumulative 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.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun footprint reaches into seven of the top media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.