NORMAN, Okla. – Two members of the Barton College Men's Golf Team – seniors Scott Pechacek (Cary, N.C.) and Justin Plane (Whitby, Ontario, CANADA) – were named 2018-19 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America).
Both players earned the honor for the second straight year while the duo led the Bulldogs to a second-place finish at the 2019 Conference Carolinas Championship. Both golfers also earned all-tournament accolades at the tournament, which took place this past April at Cutter Creek Golf Club in Snow Hill, N.C.
It was a record-setting year for the award as 540 student-athletes earned the title of All-America Scholar, the most since the awards inception in 1982. Out of the 555 honorees, 279 players were Division I selections, 113 in Division II, 24 NAIA recipients and 18 NJCAA award winners. In addition, 2019 marks the first year in which NJCAA players are eligible for the award.
To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA, or receiving their Associate's Degree and in their last year of athletic eligibility in the NJCAA. In addition, they participate in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 78.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, 77.0 in NJCAA, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.20. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.