By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – For the fourth straight year, at least one member of the Tennessee Tech men's golf team was named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
A total of 265 players in Division I, 126 in Division II and 23 in NAIA earned the honor for the 2017-18 season, including Golden Eagle A.J. Wilkerson. Additionally, 62 honorees were added to the previously released Division III Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics.
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, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, 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.
"This is an impressive achievement and we are very proud of A.J. for earning it for the second straight year," Tech head coach Polk Brown said. "A.J. once again was a leader for our guys both in the classroom and on the course this past year, and it shows with an honor such as this. He is truly deserving to be represented in this way and will be missed dearly. He is a bright young man with a great future in store and we are excited to see him grow as he embarks on the next chapter in his life."
The Sparta, Tenn. native was among a group of 15 from the Ohio Valley Conference included in the 265 players chosen from throughout NCAA Division I schools.
Wilkerson took part in 10 of the team's 12 events throughout the year and ended his long career with a 75.48 scoring average. He also served as team captain for the men's team for the second straight year.
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