CSU men's golf honored for classroom success

The Colorado State University men's golf program has been recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) as an 18Birdies All-Academic Team, the organization announced this week. 2018 marks the fifth consecutive year that CSU men's golf has earned the honor, all under head coach Christian Newton.

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 and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. There were 128 Division I teams selected for the honor this year, including five from the Mountain West Conference. Along with CSU, Air Force, New Mexico, UNLV and Wyoming all received recognition as well. 

"The balance between academics and athletics has been a cornerstone in our program and the CSU Athletics Department as a whole," Newton said.

"For our student-athletes to earn this award for the fifth straight year and to make it to the NCAA Regionals shows they take both parts seriously and strive for excellence in both areas. I am very proud of their work on the course and in the classroom this season as it was our most successful since taking over."

This year on the course, the Rams had their best finish under Newton, finishing as runner-up for the second consecutive year at the Mountain West Championship, their best back-to-back finishes in program history, and advancing to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2012.

Additionally, senior Max Oelfke and sophomore A.J. Ott became the 21st and 22nd Rams ever to be named All-Mountain West.

PHOTO: Don Reichert | CSU Athletics

Justin Michael