NORMAN, Okla. - The Golf Coaches Association of America announced its 2013 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars on Wednesday. A total of 152 golfers in Division I earned the honor, including Mark MacDonald and Austin Kelly from Miami. This is the first academic honor for both student-athletes during their RedHawk careers.
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.
MacDonald finished with a 75.70 average during his redshirt junior season for Miami. He participated in 10 tournaments for the Red and White and recorded his first career top-10 finish when he placed eighth at Firestone Invitational. MacDonald was also the top RedHawk finisher at the Mid-American Match Play, where he went 3-0 and at the Hawkeye Invitational, where he tied for 28th.
Kelly finished with a 75.21 average in nine tournaments during his junior season. His top performance came in the NYX Hoosier Invitational, when he tied for fourth. He was also the top Miami finisher at the FAU Spring Break Classic, where he was 11th and the Georgetown Intercollegiate, where he placed 20th.
MacDonald and Kelly are the eighth and ninth golfers in school history to earn All-America Scholar honors. The last to earn it was Ben Peacock, who won the award last season. The only other time two RedHawk golfers won it in the same year was in both 2008 and 2009 were Ben Wood and Ben Bastel each made the team.
Miami's All-Time Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars
Jim Muething - 1985
Adam Weinstein - 1992
Hank Schlissberg - 1993
Tee McCabe - 1998
Ben Bastel - 2008 and 2009
Ben Wood - 2008 and 2009
Ben Peacock – 2012
Austin Kelly – 2013
Mark MacDonald - 2013