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UVU golf: men’s team earns third straight GCAA Academic Award

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Aug. 4 2014 6:43 p.m. MDT

For the third consecutive season the men's golf team at Utah Valley University finds itself a recipient of a Golf Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award presented by Farmers Insurance.

The Wolverines are one of 12 NCAA Division I programs to earn President's Special Recognition honors, an award given to each program that registers a team GPA of 3.5 or better. It is the third straight year that UVU has appeared on the coveted list as it also earned President's Special Recognition status in 2012 and 2013.

"It's a great honor for our kids. They work very hard in the classroom," UVU head coach Chris Curran said. "To win this award for the third straight season just shows how driven these guys are. They compete at a high level no matter what."

In all, 141 men's golf programs earned academic accolades from the GCAA, including teams from NCAA DI, DII and DIII; NAIA; and NJCAA Divisions I and II.

To be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors a college or university must submit the GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year.

With an overall GPA of 3.82, Dodge City Community College in Kansas posted the highest GPA in the nation on its way to becoming NJCAA DI Academic National Champions. It was the first time in the six-year history of the GCAA Academic Awards that a non-NCAA Division I program has posted the highest overall GPA.

Other 2014 academic national champions include: Depaul (NCAA DI), Ferris State (NCAA DII), Carnegie Mellon (NCAA DIII), SCAD Atlanta (NAIA) and Walters State (NJCAA DII).

UVU seniors Michael Dart and Brayden Eriksen were also honored by the GCAA a couple of weeks ago, as they were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.

President's Special Recognition — Division I

Alabama State

Arizona

Brown

DePaul

Duke

Kennesaw State

Mercer

Missouri

Missouri State

Utah State

Utah Valley

Valparaiso

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.

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