NORMAN, Okla. – The UConn men’s golf team had an outstanding 2016-17 season in the classroom as well as on the golf course.
The Huskies have been recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America as one of its 2017 All-Academic Teams, meaning it achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. It is the second time in three years that UConn has received the national honor, which was also awarded to UConn in 2014-15. The Huskies are one of only 102 Division I teams across the country to gain GCAA All-Academic Team status. Just three other teams in the American Athletic Conference – UCF, Cincinnati and East Carolina – earned the honor.
“I am very proud of this group,” UConn coach Dave Pezzino said. “They work extremely hard on the academic side, which allows them the freedom to focus on their golf. Victoria Simonoff, our advisor in the Student-Athlete Success Program, does an outstanding job assisting our guys with their academic goals. Congratulations go out to her as well, as she is a big part of this award as well as our team’s student-athlete experience.”
The latest honor added to the Huskies’ academic accomplishments, which include an Academic Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for the 10th consecutive season. That award recognizes teams which have Academic Progress Rates among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports. The golf Huskies also had six student-athletes named to the American Conference All-Academic Team, raising the total to 43 academic all-stars under Pezzino.
On the course in 2016-17, UConn won three tournament championships and earned eight Top Five finishes in 11 events.