Men’s Golf Honored by GCAA for Academic Achievements
Norman, Okla. - Lynn University’s men’s golf team and golfers Roberto Francioni and Marcelo Rozo were honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America for 2011-12 academic achievements. The Fighting Knights earned Farmers All-Academic Team recognition while Francioni and Rozo were honored as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.
A total of 124 teams in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA submitted GPAs of 3.00 or higher to earn All-Academic Team recognition, of which 14 came from Division II. Fellow Sunshine State Conference institutions Barry and Nova Southeastern also garnered recognition.
Lynn has been named to the All-Academic Team every year since the award’s inception in 2008-09 while the Fighting Knights and Barry are the only two Division II schools to earn honors all four years.
Francioni and Rozo were joined by 52 other NCAA Division II recipients on the All-America Scholar team. 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 70-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.
Four SSC golfers in total were represented on the team with Peter Creighton of Florida Southern and Daniel Stapff of Barry also collecting honors. The Fighting Knights have had at least one student-athlete selected as an All-America Scholar in seven of the last eight years and have had multiple selections in three of the last five years.
Lynn returns four starters from last year’s NCAA qualifying squad, including Francioni and All-American Daniel Young.