July 27, 2016
Charlottesville, Va. – Two individual players and the Virginia men’s golf team have been recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America for academic excellence. UVA juniors Derek Bard (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Jimmy Stanger (Tampa, Fla.) were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for their performance in the classroom and the entire team was recognized as an All-Academic Team for posting a grade point average of at least 3.0.
Both Bard and Stanger had previously been named to the ACC All-Academic Team and the ACC Honor Roll.
An All-ACC selection and third-team All-American, Bard led UVA as a junior with a 71.23 stroke average that tied as the third best in the ACC. He finished the season ranked No. 21 by Golfstat and No. 41 by Golfweek.
Bard had six top-five finishes in 13 tournaments and placed 17th at the NCAA Championships. He took top honors at the U.S. Collegiate Championships for the second-consecutive season.
In addition to his outstanding season in the college ranks, Bard also played at the Masters and U.S. Open tournaments this season after being granted exemptions following his runner-up finish at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship. He also represented the Team USA in the Palmer Cup in a competition between the top U.S. collegiate players and their counterparts from Europe.
Stanger was second on the UVA squad with a 71.79 stroke average and had six top-10 finishes this season. He tied for first at the General Hackler Championship in March and led UVA at an NCAA Regional site with a sixth-place finish. He finished the season ranked No. 59 by Golfstat and No. 78 by Golfweek.
A total of 212 players in Division I, 91 in Division II and 12 in NAIA earned the honor. Additionally, 41 honorees were added to the previously released Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.
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, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, 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.