by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – Barton College junior Derek Hamm has been named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), the organization announced Wednesday.
The award is based on both academic and athletic performance. Recipients must be juniors or seniors with at least a 3.20 grade point average. Division II honorees must also have a stroke average of 78.0 or better on the course.
Hamm, a resident of Heath, Ohio, is the lone representative of Conference Carolinas on the list and one of 108 nationally among all NCAA Division II programs.
In the classroom, Hamm holds a 3.89 cumulative grade point average while majoring in business administration.
On the course, Hamm posted a 77.15 stroke average this past season over 20 competitive rounds in eight tournaments. He tied for sixth place in his first start of the spring at the Southern Tide Classic to record his seventh career top-10 finish, and narrowly missed another at the season-ending Conference Carolinas Championships, tying for 11th place.
With Hamm's selection, a Barton player has now received the award 15 times in the school's NCAA Division II history, including each of the past five years.