BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced Tuesday that the Tennessee Tech University men’s team is the recipient of the 2012-13 Team Sportsmanship Awards for men's golf.
The 2012-13 school year marks the eighth year the team sportsmanship honors have been awarded. It marks the third award for the Tennessee Tech men’s program (the Golden Eagles also won in 2005-06 and 2006-07).
Tennessee Tech finished third at the OVC Men’s Golf Championship this year.
“It is an honor to have something voted on by your fellow competitors and to represent the OVC with sportsmanship. I’m excited for our kids to get this award,” said Tennessee Tech head coach Polk Brown. “It is a testament of how much our peers enjoy playing with our kids and the leadership of our two seniors on the younger kids. We want to represent Tech well and the OVC well.”
In 1995, the Ohio Valley Conference implemented a first-of-its-kind “Sportsmanship Statement,” a policy promoting principles of fair play, ethical conduct and respect for one’s opponent. The statement answered the challenge of the NCAA Presidents Commission to improve sportsmanship in collegiate athletics, and has become a model for others to follow across the nation.